April 28, 2016
On April 7, 2016 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Assessing Interoperability for MACRA. Comments are due on June 3, 2016. CMS uses the RFI process to help inform the development of proposed regulations.
In section 106(b)(1) of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), Congress declared widespread exchange of health information through interoperable certified health record (EHR) technology by December 31, 2018 a national objective. Additionally, MACRA requires that by July 1, 2016 metrics are established to determine if and to what extent this objective has been met. Then by December 31, 2019 the Secretary of Health and Human Services is required to submit a report to Congress that identifies barriers to this objective and recommends actions that the Federal Government can take to achieve it.
As an initial step in this this process through this RFI, the ONC is seeking comments on:
More information on national interoperability efforts are available on the ONC website.