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CHIME policy director talks meaningful use program politics

The CHIME VP of Public Policy talks about a meeting his group had with staff of the REBOOT group of Republican senators that has taken aim at meaningful use.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Officials from the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently met with staff of the group of Republican senators who penned a whitepaper known as Reboot, which unleashed a wide-ranging critique last year of the federal government's meaningful use program.

In this podcast, CHIME VP of Public Policy Jeff Smith indicates that CHIME has edged nearer to the Reboot contingent's positions, from which it once maintained a more guarded stance. And he says the Reboot group is waiting until the 2014 election cycle decides the outcome of key Senate races before revealing its next strategic moves.

Meanwhile, CHIME has asked the Reboot senators to sign on to a new House bill that would return the 2015 stage 2 attestation period to 90 days, after CMS increased the period to 365 days. None have agreed. Yet. Stay tuned as the political maneuverings on the 'Hill' unfold.

The podcast was recorded at CHIME's new offices, a few blocks from Capitol Hill, where the group moved recently from Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River.

The expansive new Washington headquarters of the CIO group near the centers of political power indicate, along with other recent CHIME moves, such as its recent alliance with the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), that CHIME is determined to expand its reach and influence.

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