Washington, DC – Today, Health IT Now (HITN) issued the following comment on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed rule outlining the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015:
“While we are still reviewing the proposed rule, we are pleased to see provisions support two of our main priorities: leveraging technology to deliver high quality health care at a lower cost and once and for all ending the practice of information blocking in a program built on the promise of information exchange.
Technology can be utilized to improve the care delivery system by leveraging its inherent strengths to increase access to care that substitutes for in-person care. HITN believes provisions on telehealth included in the rule further this goal, and we will be working in the coming months to support both Congress and the administration on additional steps each can take to expand the recognition of technology as a mode of care delivery.
Furthermore, we commend CMS on requiring eligible providers and hospitals to attest that they are not blocking information. HITN has long called for an end to this unfair business practice that can increase patient safety risks and cost by blocking the flow of patient information between providers. HITN looks forward to working to ensuring this practice is stopped once and for all.”