CMS IPPS Proposed Rule Could Benefit Public Health
In May 2021 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed revision to the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals. The key recommendation from a public health standpoint is the requirement that all four core public health measures – Syndromic Surveillance Reporting; Immunization Registry Reporting; Electronic Case Reporting; and Electronic Reportable Laboratory Result Reporting – all become required measures starting in calendar year 2022.
HLN strongly supports these recommendations, and we worked with several organizations on drafting their formal responses to this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and a consortium of healthcare organizations including AIRA, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO). HLN also contributed to the CMS Requests for Comment regarding the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) by public health, and in particular the readiness of public health agencies to use the newer Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard.