CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
Reauthorization Act. 18 A January 19 clarification
on The CMS Blog stated that although the EHR
incentive programs were designed to encourage
the adoption of new technology and measure
the benefits for patients, CMS recognizes that
the existing program may place too much of a
burden on physicians and pull physicians’ time
away from patient care. This blog post stated
that future Medicare payments will be linked
to getting better results for patients, providing
better care, distributing health care dollars more
wisely, and keeping people healthy. New regulations will be proposed later this year. These
revised rules will be guided by the principles of
rewarding providers for the outcomes that technology helps them to achieve with their patients,
promoting innovation and the development of
new apps and analytic tools so that data can be
securely accessed and directed, and prioritizing
interoperability through the implementation of
national standards. 19
The results of the 2015 ACS Governors Survey
reveal the many concerns that the Governors,
as practicing surgeons, have about the EHR.
These results serve to reinforce the position the
ACS has taken for many years, with the goal of
improving the EHR system so that it can function as a tool to enhance and improve the care
of surgical patients. ♦
10. American College of Surgeons. Electronic Health Records
Incentive Program. Available at: facs.org/advocacy/regulatory/
ehr. Accessed February 25, 2016.
11. American College of Surgeons. Comments on Health
Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
(HI TECH) Act. Available at: facs.org/~/media/files/advocacy/
ehr/ black%20support0313.ashx. Accessed February 16, 2016.
12. American College of Surgeons, et al. Joint response to Medicare
and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive
Program. Available at: facs.org/~/media/files/advocacy/ehr/
stage%202%20joint%20comment.ashx. Accessed March 16, 2016.
13. Library of Congress. Public law H.R.1331. Electronic Health
Records Improvement Act. Available at: www.congress.gov/
bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1331. Accessed February 16, 2016.
14. American College of Surgeons. ACS responds to CMS and
ONC request for information on advancing interoperability
and health information exchange. April 22, 2013. Available at:
Accessed February 16, 2016.
15. American College of Surgeons. ACS response to modifications to
2014 EHR program. July 21, 2014. Available at: facs.org/~/media/
definition%20072114.ashx. Accessed February 16, 2016.
16. American College of Surgeons. ACS response to the EHR
stage 3 rule. May 29, 2015. Available at: facs.org/~/media/
Accessed February 16, 2016.
17. American College of Surgeons. ACS response to federal I T
strategic plan 2015–2020. February 6, 2015. Available at: facs.
strategic%20plan%20021615.ashx. Accessed February 16, 2016.
18. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Comments of
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the J.P. Morgan
annual health care conference, January 11, 2016. The CMS Blog.
January 12, 2016. Available at: https://blog.cms.gov/2016/01/12/
February 16, 2016.
19. Slavitt A, DeSalvo K. EHR incentive programs: Where we go
next. The CMS Blog. January 19, 2016. Available at: https://blog.
next/. Accessed February 16, 2016.
EFFECT OF HOSPITAL EHR ON OVERALL WORKFLOW AND EFFICIENCY