HIMSS EHR Association

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association is a trade association of Electronic Health Record (EHR) companies, addressing national efforts to create interoperable EHRs in hospital and ambulatory care settings. The EHR Association operates on the premise that the rapid, widespread adoption of EHRs will help improve the quality of patient care as well as the productivity and sustainability of the healthcare system.

News and Resources

Electronic Health Record Association Recognizes Industry Leaders on Adopting the EHR Developer Code of Conduct (March 5, 2014)
At its all-member meeting on February 23 at the HIMSS14 conference in Orlando, FL, the EHR Association recognized seventeen health IT companies that have adopted the EHR Developer Code of Conduct. The Code was developed by the Association and introduced in June 2013. The seventeen companies honored include Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Epic, Foothold Technology, GE Health Care, Greenway Medical, MacPractice, MEDHOST, MEDITECH, Modernizing Medicine, NextGen, Practice Fusion, Siemens, SRSsoft, and Versasuite. Association Chair Mickey McGlynn (Siemens) told the recipients that, "By adopting the Code of Conduct, your organizations demonstrate leadership and your ongoing commitment to collaborate as trusted partners with customers and the industry." The full press release is available here.  

EHR Developer Code of Conduct Web Cast – March 28, 12:00-1:00/ET – All EHR Companies Invited to Attend
The EHR Association will host an educational web cast for EHR companies who want to learn more about the Code of Conduct which has been recognized by a variety of stakeholders and regulators. This event is open and free to all EHR developers, regardless of membership in the Association. Please contact Angie Gorden at agorden@himss.org to register.

EHR Association Provides Guidance on MU2 Secure Transport (January, 2014)
Meaningful use (MU) Stage 2 introduced three transport standards for use in healthcare information transport, which are summarized in the latest, updated white paper from the EHR Association Standards & Interoperability Workgroup. The white paper describes the purposes of these standards, provides practical guidance to software developers on how to apply one or more of these standards to meet certification requirements, and highlights the flexibility allowed by MU Stage 2 in the ways providers may qualify in deploying health information exchange (HIE) with a certified EHR. Updates are included to further clarify the use of metadata and areas to consider when resolving addresses of intended recipients. Read the white paper here.  

EHR Association Provides Comments on SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2013 (January 27, 2014)
In a letter to Senate and House leadership, the EHR Association expressed general support and suggestions for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2013 that recently passed out of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. The suggested amendment language builds on the letter of support sent to the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee in December of last year on their agreed-upon plan for SGR replacement. This updated letter and specific legislative and report language suggestions is based on discussions among the Association's Public Policy Leadership Workgroup and requests made during Executive Committee meetings with Senate and House staff during the week of January 13. Review the EHR Association letter here

EHR Association Provides Comments in Support of ONC's SAFER Guides (January 16, 2014)
The Association's Patient Safety Workgroup, led by Dr. Sarah Corley (NextGen), provided detailed comments to ONC on their SAFER Guides which are intended to help care delivery organizations conduct self-assessments of recommended practices in areas important to patient safety and safe use of health information technology. Read the comments and letter of support.

EHR Association Responds to Congressional Proposal to Permanently Repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Formula Payment System (November 12, 2013)
The EHR Association expressed strong support for the need for a permanent replacement for the SGR and for its replacement with a system that will focus on the value (i.e., quality and efficiency) of services provided by physicians to Medicare beneficiaries, and pointed out the important role that EHRs will play in enabling physicians to participate in the new value-based payment model (VPM) as well as advanced alternative payment models (APMs). The entire response is available here

EHR Association Responds to FDASIA Recommendations on Health IT Regulation (November 6, 2013)
The EHR Association submitted its comments on the draft recommendations on the regulation of health IT, developed by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) Workgroup and approved by the Health IT Policy Committee at its meeting on September 4, 2013. The full text of the Association's comments is available here.

EHR Association Holds Annual Government Relations Retreat (Washington, DC, September 2013)
retreat Members of the EHR Association Executive Committee and workgroup leadership held their annual government relations leadership strategy planning meeting in Washington DC in September. They met with government officials on a variety of EHR-related topics, and reviewed Association accomplishments and priorities for the upcoming year. These meetings were followed by visits with a number of Senate and House healthcare staff to provide the perspectives of EHR developers and their customers relative to pending legislative and regulatory issues. An update on all of these activities will be provided to EHR Association members on their next monthly call.

EHR Association Submits Comments to CMS on Proposed Changes (September 5, 2013)
The EHR Association submitted its comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rule, Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014. In particular, the Association strongly supports alignment of quality measures and reporting requirements across government agencies and, eventually, across private sector programs. Read the full text here.

EHR Association Responds to FDASIA RFC on the Development of a Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology (June 30, 2013)
The Electronic Health Record Association has responded to the May 30, 2013 Request for Comments (RFC) on the Development of a Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to support work pursuant to the implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA). Read the full response.

EHR Association Responds to CMS IPPS Proposed Rule (June 25, 2013)
The EHR Association submitted detailed comments in response to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Program proposed rule on Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Rates for Fiscal Year 2014. The Association offered several comments in response to the proposed alignment of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program with the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs. Read the full response.

EHR Association Elects Leadership (June 17, 2013)
The results of the EHR Association's annual elections return several Executive Committee members, including the chair and vice chair, and add new members, maintaining balanced representation from companies that serve healthcare enterprises with both ambulatory and acute care EHRs, and companies that focus solely on the ambulatory EHR market. Read the full press release.

Electronic Health Record Association Announces EHR Developer Code of Conduct (June 11, 2013)
The Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of more than 40 EHR companies, announced today the landmark EHR Developer Code of Conduct, developed by the Association as a reflection of its members' commitment to supporting safe healthcare delivery, fostering continued innovation, and operating with high integrity in the market for EHR users and their patients and families. Read the full press release.

EHR Association Responds to Proposed Changes to Stark Anti-Kickback Regulations (June 10, 2013)
The EHR Association has responded to CMS and the OIG on "Medicare Program; Physicians' Referrals to Health Care Entities with Which They Have Financial Relationships: Exception for Certain Electronic Health Records Arrangements". Specific comments are offered on the (1) deeming provision, (2) electronic prescribing provision, and (3) sunset provision, as well as feedback on additional topics these agencies consider changes to the original Stark Anti-Kickback regulation. Read the full response.