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CHA Comments on Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT and Electronic Health Record Burden

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Yesterday, CHA submitted comments on the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) draft strategy to reduce regulatory and administrative burden related to health information technology and electronic health record (EHR) use.

In the letter, CHA urges ONC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with stakeholders, to address gaps in the draft strategy and begin to prioritize specific strategies and recommendations.

CHA urges CMS and ONC to consider California hospitals’ and health systems’ feedback and priorities as the agencies move forward. CHA also encourages them to immediately focus on the current, unnecessary burdens related to clinical documentation, as well as EHR, electronic clinical quality measure and public health reporting.

In addition, CHA requests that the draft strategy articulate in greater detail specific methods that will reduce barriers to interoperable exchange of health information in order to accelerate its adoption nationally.

CHA thanks members for their input, which helped inform the comments.