The federal government recently asked health care stakeholders for ideas on ways to advance interoperability and health information exchange. “Stop regulating” was one of the answers from the American Hospital Association in response to the request for information.

The RFI wrongly suggests that additional regulatory requirements are necessary, the association asserts in the letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Instead of more rules, CMS should fully implement its new payment and delivery programs that provide incentives for information exchange, but not add specific exchange requirements, as the mechanisms of exchange may vary by project. “Concurrently, we urge ONC to re-double its efforts to remove barriers to interoperability and support the development of a robust infrastructure for health information exchange.”

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