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HITN MU3 Response to HIITPC Request

Health IT Now Coalition Meaningful Use Stage 3 Recommendations

MU3 HITN Response to HIITPC Request

Overview of MU Stage 2

Provider adoption of HIT has improved significantly over the past two years (See
PPACA requires payment and delivery systems changes that can only be done
well with robust and shared data (ACOs, medical homes).
Low standards and lack of interoperability threaten these reforms.
Technology and standards exist to support interoperability.

Advancing Health IT by Promoting Open Exchange

Restrictive Exchange Practices Present Significant Barriers to
Systemic Interoperability and Threaten Patient Safety
The Meaningful Use Program represents a $27 billion effort to define and
implement an interoperable nation-wide health information network designed to
increase the quality of healthcare in America while reducing its cost.

Key Issues for HHS’ Proposed Rules for the Meaningful Use Program

The Meaningful Use program is a $27 billion effort to incentivize doctors, hospitals and others to
adopt and use interoperable electronic health records (EHRs). As of February 2012, two-thirds of
hospitals and one fourth of doctors have signed up to participate. More than $3.8 billion has been
paid in incentives.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposed rule for
Stage 2 requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive

Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH)

There has been much progress on increasing the use of electronic health records by the country’s hospitals and physician offices since the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009.

Regulatory Education and Action for Patients (REAP)

Regulatory Education and Action for Patients (REAP) is an umbrella coalition comprised of patient
advocacy groups whose goal is to strengthen current relationships and build new relationships with
government agencies that have the responsibility for implementing provisions of the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act
, as amended, (PPACA) and to ensure that implementation of the Act’

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled Health Information Technology

The undersigned organizations and members of the Health IT Now Coalition are pleased
to respond to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled Health Information Technology:
Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health
Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health
Information Technology published in the

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