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ACS Submits Comments to ONC on Draft Strategy to Reduce EHR and HIT Burdens

Earlier this week, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on its draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT (HIT) and EHRs (Electronic Health Records). The ACS comments highlighted the complexity of modern medicine and the need for digital information to flow between all members of the patient care team. The College also endorsed collaboration between EHR vendors, technology developers, and clinical stakeholders to cultivate documentation burden solutions, develop digital health tools that fit into the clinical workflow, and standardize and automate prior authorization requirements across all payors. In addition, comments focused on the need for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the ONC to expand the HIT focus beyond EHR to include cloud-based HIT systems and personal devices to allow clinicians to access a full representation of a patient’s medical information.

The College continues to share alternatives to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program that would tie the four MIPS performance categories (Quality, Promoting Interoperability, Improvement Activities, and Cost) together through the use of standards-based verification programs, patient-reported outcomes, and clinical outcome measures of value-based care. 

For more information, contact the ACS at regulatory@facs.org.

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