By Mike Cassidy
Several days ago, I posted an article about health reform and it’s Top Ten Issues. Just this week, CMS and ONC have launched massive projects along those line, i.e. the combined regs from CMS, FTC, OIG and the IRS regarding Accountable Care Organizations, and the 2011-2015 Heath IT Strategic Plan. Links to all material are available at www.medlawblog.com, and we’ll be addressing those issues here in the near future.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced an open public comment period on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 (“the Plan”). The Plan reflects ONC’s strategy, developed in collaboration with other federal partners, over the next five years for realizing Congress and the Administration’s health IT agenda.
Despite evidence of the benefits of the use of health IT, today only 25-percent of physician offices and 15-percent of hospitals take advantage of electronic health records (EHRs). Two major pieces of legislation, enacted over the past two years, are dramatically changing the health IT landscape and providing an opportunity to modernize the way care is delivered and improve the health of all Americans – the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and theAffordable Care Act. The Plan, originally published in 2008, is being updated to reflect the significant impact of these two pieces of legislation.