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CMS, ONC seek feedback on clinical data gathering

December 31, 2015
by Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are requesting input from providers across the healthcare continuum on the challenges of gathering clinical measures data.

The Certification Frequency and Requirements for the Reporting of Quality Measures under CMS Programs, issued today, seeks comments on the certification requirements for electronic health records and how many clinical quality measures they should track.

Kate Goodrich, MD, director of CMS' Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, stressed the desire to reduce burdens on providers and IT systems alike. "We are working diligently to improve the means for information exchange and electronic data sharing across and among providers and health systems, increase opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback and enhance mechanisms for the capturing of clinical information in EHRs, registries and other systems to assist with quality reporting and care coordination," she said in a blog post yesterday.

The deadline to comment is 5 p.m. Feb. 1, 2016. To provide feedback and participate in the request for information, visit and refer to file code CMS-3323-NC.