Regulatory Advisory

CMS Issues RFI on Hospital Readiness to Electronically Report Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for information (RFI) on hospital and vendor readiness to report certain clinical quality measures under the hospital inpatient quality reporting program using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology required by the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. In the RFI, CMS asks hospitals to answer a number of questions, including if they plan to adopt EHR certified technology during or before calendar year (CY) 2014; if they are aware of payment adjustments beginning in fiscal year 2015 for failing to demonstrate meaningful use requirements under the EHR Incentive Program; what operational challenges exist to electronically report data, and what tools and methodologies they and their vendors use to validate data. For the full list of CMS questions, see attached RFI. CHA is interested in hearing from hospitals about their experiences implementing clinical quality measures using certified EHRs to inform our response to CMS. Comments can be submitted electronically to CMS at and are due Jan. 22 by 2 p.m. (PT).