More than 270 interested parties filed public comments regarding the Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposed rules, but it is a few paragraphs in the 68-page comment letter from the American Hospital Association (AHA) that has drawn the attention and ire of patient and consumer advocate groups.
Citing HIPAA concerns, the AHA disagrees with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal "to provide patients with the ability to view, download, and transmit large volumes of protected health information via the Internet."
It also terms as "too aggressive" the proposal that electronic information about a hospital admission be available within 36 hours of discharge for at least 50% of the patients. In addition, the AHA questions the authority of CMS to require that 10 percent of all discharged patients view, download or transmit to a third party their information during the reporting period for meaningful use.
Public reaction to the AHA's comments was blunt: