The Alliance of Specialty Medicine sent formal comments to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on its strategy for reducing the burden associated with the use of health IT. The fifteen specialty organizations called on ONC to specify the need to include specialists in usability activities, as well as ensure patient safety and adverse events have a formal mechanism for being reported and addressed, while holding providers harmless. The Alliance also expressed concerns about the “all-or-nothing” approach to the Promoting Interoperability performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and urged increased flexibility to improve participation. Finally, the groups urged ONC to work in concert with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and health care professionals, considering the American Medical Association (AMA) CPT and Relative Value System Update Committee (RUC) proposal for improving Evaluation and Management (E/M) services, in its efforts to improve clinical documentation.

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