By and large, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has drafted a regulation with the right priorities. As the department prepares its final rules by which providers and hospitals may qualify for health IT incentives, it is critical not to lose sight of the core goals of Meaningful Use:
- improving health and efficient use of health care resources
- protecting privacy
- encouraging innovation and broad participation across many health care settings
This letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services is an introduction to the Collaborative Comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (CMS-0033-P) made by Markle Connecting for Health, the Center for American Progress, and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings.