Sharon Grace
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June 6, 2016

AMGA Provides Comments on ONC’s Request for Information on Interoperability

Alexandria, VA – AMGA submitted comments June 3 in response to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Request for Information (RFI) on assessing interoperability for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). AMGA recommended that ONC consider how investments in Health Information Technology (HIT) interoperability can correlate with patient outcomes.  Incorporating how HIT effects quality and patient outcomes is a truer measure of meaningful use.

“AMGA members are dedicated to leveraging their investments in health information technology to improve the value of care provided,” said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, AMGA’s president and chief executive officer.  “Our members well recognize how interoperable HIT can help improve value and quality in health care, and AMGA is concerned that ONC is missing an opportunity to help further such efforts. Our members know that simply in itself an interoperable health information technology system is not going to drive value in healthcare. Instead, value and quality must be essential components of achieving interoperability.”

The complete comments are available on the AMGA website.

About AMGA The AMGA is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated delivery systems. AMGA is a leading voice in advocating for efficient, team-based, and accountable care. AMGA members encompass all models of organized systems of care in the healthcare industry, including: physician-owned, independent group practices, integrated delivery systems, hospital-affiliated medical groups, independent practice associations (IPAs), academic and faculty practices, accountable care organizations, and high-performing health systems. Approximately 177,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 133 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.