As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ponders how best to use electronic health records to support the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, the Federation of American Hospitals is urging CMS to avoid duplicative quality reporting programs in an electronic era.

The federation in a comment letter to CMS calls on the agency to fully integrate the migration of electronic reporting across all relevant programs. “CMS also must recognize that hospitals will be required to continue to report chart abstracted data to other state and national entities such as the Joint Commission,” according to the letter. “Until all of those entities are in total alignment with the CMS requirements for electronic reporting of quality measures, the burden of chart abstraction will remain for many hospitals.”

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