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The AHA has fired up its lobbying efforts in response to a recent CMS guideline related to the prevention of “information blocking.”

AHA Meaningful Use Stage 3 Lobbying Effort to Fight “Information Blocking”

Earlier this year, the American Hospital Association (AHA) led lobbying efforts to help reduce the regulatory burdens associated with Stage 3 of the meaningful use program (MU3).

As a result of this effort, CMS announced that hospitals now continue to use 2014 certified electronic health record (EHR) technology through the end of 2018, and will be required to use 2015 certified EHR technology starting in 2019.

Fast-forward to today, and the AHA has, once again, fired up its lobbying efforts in response to a recent CMS guidelines related to the prevention of “information blocking,” or actions that inhibit the exchange of health information.  These new guidelines require select providers to attest to three statements about their use of certified EHR technology to demonstrate they have acted "in good faith" to exchange electronic health information.

In addition, the AHA recently issued a study that pointed to the regulatory burden imposed by MU3 could costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year.

While the AHA is usually successful with its lobbying programs, today’s hospital systems need to develop the right back-up plan for ensuring that they meet all of the MU3 information sharing requirements.

The best way to do this is to leverage the right cloud-based innovation for breaking down the barriers of health data interoperability.

In the coming weeks, RosettaHealth will be announcing how it can help reduce information sharing MU3 burden for hospitals, which will further focus on the company’s EasyExchange solution.

Launched in July 2017, the EasyExchange Solution offers hospital systems a simple, all-in-one solution to meet MU3 information exchange attestation and objectives. With one standard connection into a hospital’s EHR, EasyExchange supports all the MU3 information exchange requirements including coordination of care, secure messaging, patient portals and API access, and much more.

Thanks to this solution, meeting MU3 information exchange requirements can now be much easier – reducing the high-level of anxiety that most hospital systems are feeling these days.

Are you feeling MU3 pressure?  If so, please book a free consultation with one of our interoperability experts.

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