CHIME Raises Concerns on ACO Data Sharing

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , May 11, 2011
  • Align performance measures across similar or related programs and outline a more consistent approach for measuring quality improvement for other programs that overlap. David Muntz, senior vice president/CIO at Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System and chair of CHIME’s Advocacy Leadership Team, said that healthcare organizations want to develop and monitor “the right performance measures” to improve healthcare delivery, “but some of the proposed performance measures for ACOs seem to be duplicative or unrelated to broader ACO tenets.”
  • Scale back expectations for health information exchange to give healthcare organizations more time to gain experience with the use of exchanged patient data in care delivery. “These proposed regulations portend a level of functional health information exchange and technology adoption that may be too aggressive for deployments in January 2012 and not yet ready for effective deployment,” CHIME said in its comments to CMS. “We believe this issue could be better handled by allowing ACOs to determine their own technology needs, given their market and their patient population.”

The letter was signed by CHIME CEO/President Richard A. Correll, and CHIME Board Chairman Lynn Vogel, MD, who is also vice president/CIO at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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