Ability to Use Data Without Excessive Charges
Issues and Suggestions for Contract Negotiations
Resource Topic: Health Information Technology (HIT)/Data
Resource Subtopic: Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
Year Developed: 2016
Resource Type: Publication
Primary Audience: Enabling Staff
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Resource Summary: This issue brief discusses a critical concern during health center’s EHR contracting process – the need to preserve the ability to use data without excessive charges, which had hindered many health center’s ability to meet UDS and other reporting requirements. Electronic health record (EHR) systems and related technology are increasingly important as health centers face additional quality reporting requirements and are expected to bear more risk in accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other alternative payment models. Some health centers have found that their decision to use a hosted EHR (rather than operating the EHR on their own hardware) and the terms of data access in those arrangements are important factors in how well they can respond to these changing requirements.