February 25, 2020
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs. This report fulfills the statutory requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a plan to reduce the regulatory burden associated with the implementation and use of electronic health records (EHRs). This final report reflects input received from the over 200 comments on the initial draft released in November 2018.
The report identifies three goals for EHR burden reduction as well as strategies and recommendations for mitigating EHR burden reduction.
The agencies expect these burden reductions to be fully implemented in 3-5 years through existing, or easily expanded, authority.
Additional information about the new strategy can be found on the ONC website.