As the man heading up policy for the powerful American Hospital Association, Don May has certainly been a busy man. And though healthcare reform took up much of the association’s attention over the last few months, it still had enough bandwidth to submit extensive comment letters on both CMS’s Meaningful Use NRPM and ONC’s certification proposals. To put it plainly — the AHA, much like CHIME, wants significant modifications to all of the above. Without increased flexibility and elongated timelines, May says AHA will explore additional ways to get the necessary changes effected. To learn more about the association’s position on how HITECH is being implemented, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra caught up with the D.C.-based policy expert.
Chapter 1: Topics Covered — HITECH takes center stage at AHA annual meeting; will CMS lower the Meaningful Use bar? [audio: One-on-One-W-Don-May-Chapter-1.mp3]
Chapter 2: Topics Covered — Does the intent of HITECH matter? [audio: One-on-One-W-Don-May-Chapter-2.mp3]
Chapter 3: Topics Covered — Can legislation fix Meaningful Use if CMS/ONC does not?; Did CMS/ONC aim high on purpose? [audio: One-on-One-W-Don-May-Chapter-3.mp3]