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CHIME Issues Comments on Final Regulations Governing EHR Incentive Program

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It's definitely time to begin a coordinated effort to implement electronic health records by providers nationwide

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is actively reviewing the changes incorporated into the EHR Incentive Program, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services detailed in final regulations released today.

CHIME is working to support the nationwide initiative to move toward widespread implementation of electronic health records. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based professional association has 1,400 members representing chief information officers and other top information technology executives at many of the nation’s largest hospitals.

“It’s definitely time to begin a coordinated effort to implement electronic health records by providers nationwide,” said CHIME President and CEO Richard Correll. “We have been supportive of the federal government’s actions to encourage widespread implementation of EHRs, and we are increasing our educational programming in support of our members’ efforts to succeed in this new era of IT adoption.”

CHIME originally filed its comments (http://cio-chime.org/chime/pressreleases/CHIME_CMS_Letter.pdf) in late February on the proposed regulations governing the meaningful use of EHRs, which had been released by CMS in late 2009. CHIME coordinated efforts with other industry organizations, including the American Hospital Association (AHA), to thoroughly research key concerns to gain a consensus on responses that provided guidance on how to successfully roll out the incentive program.

Once CHIME has thoroughly reviewed the 864-page rule, the organization will publish a summary and in-depth analysis on the implications for CIOs

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 70 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information visit http://www.cio-chime.org.

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