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July 29, 2011

EHR Funding for Community Mental Health Centers?

Filed under: Uncategorized — HankMayers @ 10:47 am

On June 17, 2011, CMS published its proposed rules for Medicare regulations [Conditions of Participation (CoP)] for Community Mental Health Centers [ http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=CMS-2011-0123-0001 ]. CMS specified 6 CoPs, one of which was the requirement of a quality assessment and performance improvement program. Within that CoP, CMS refers to its acceptance of “an IT performace improvement project that allowed the CMHC to invest in information technology..” The wording goes on to say”… investment and development of an IT system that was geared to to improvements in patient safety and quality, as a QAPI project.”

While an EHR generally has significant potential to improve the quality of care, one could also simply invest in a whole lot less IT, such as a patient registry solution. Indeed, an EHR would directly further the achivement of at least 3 of the other 5 CoPs. Will CMS allow/encourage the pursuit of comprehensive EHRs under this rule?

Opinions, anyone?

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