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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Deluge

Being out sick for a couple of days meant that I spent today wading through a mountain of e-mails, tweets and RSS feeds.  The most common topic in my twitterverse were comments on the meaningful use IFR and NRPM.

Thus far, I've briefly skimmed comments from:
And I've also read comments from a few other places where I cannot find the original tweet or link that I used to read it.
There's some remarkable agreement among all of these comments:
1.  Quality Measures need to be streamlined.
2.  An incremental approach to incentives should be used.
3.  The bar is set too high in some places (e.g., CPOE).

Of course, my survey is anything but scientific.

If you care to, you can read all the feedback on the proposed rule for incentives (use keyword: CMS-2009-0117) and the interim final rule on standards and certification (use keywork: HHS-OS-2010-0001) at

Next comes the interminable silence while CMS and ONC cycle through the thousands of pages of these comments and we see how they decide to take these comments into account later this spring.


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