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CMS RFI Seeking Stakeholder Feedback to Improve Interoperability

A CMS RFI requests stakeholder feedback about ways to improve interoperability and advance the MyHeathEData initiative.

CMS issued an RFI seeking stakeholder feedback about interoperability improvements.

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By Kate Monica

- CMS today issued a notice requesting stakeholder feedback in a request for information (RFI) about how to revise Conditions of Participation related to interoperability initiatives.  

The RFI will help to advance the Trump Administration’s MyHealthEData initiative.

CMS released specific details about how stakeholders should optimally respond to its RFI in a bulletin about new proposed payment rules for skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, hospice, and inpatient psychiatric facilities.

“In addition to payment and policy proposals, CMS is releasing a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain feedback on positive solutions to better achieve interoperability or the sharing of healthcare data between providers,” wrote the federal agency.

“Specifically, CMS is requesting stakeholder feedback through an RFI on the possibility of revising Conditions of Participation related to interoperability as a way to increase electronic sharing of data by providers,” CMS continued. “This will inform next steps to advance this critical initiative.”

CMS requested that commenters provide clear and concise proposals that include data and specific examples in RFI responses.

“CMS will not respond to RFI comment submissions in the final rule, but rather will actively consider all input in developing future regulatory proposals or future sub-regulatory guidance,” stated the federal agency.

This most recent update clarifies the RFI released as part of the new fiscal year 2019 CMS inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule.

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