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Comments with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Meaningful Use

These comments are submitted in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued January 13, 2010. The NPRM implements provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that provide incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology among eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals participating in Medicare and Medicaid.

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Complexity of Meaningful Use Rule Threatens to Slow Adoption of Health Information Technology

The definition of “meaningful use” of electronic health records proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS)should be simplified, according to comments submitted to CMS by TPI senior fellow Arlene Holen. The complex and evolving definition of meaningful use could slow investment in electronic systems, contrary to the intent of the $14 billion to $27 billion in federal incentive payments to health care providers in the economic stimulus legislation, Holen asserted.

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SAVE THE DATE: TECHNOLOGY POLICY INSTITUTE ASPEN FORUM

The Technology Policy Institute will be holding its first annual Aspen Forum next August 22-24 on the topic “Innovation and Critical Policy Choices: Is the United States Losing its Edge.” Innovation and technological change are crucial to the nation’s long-run economic health and ability to improve standards of living, as well as to our ability to address national challenges in energy, the environment, health care and other priority areas. The United States has long been a leader in innovation, but there is growing concern that the U.S. is losing its edge.

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Should the Government Prepare Personal Income Tax Returns

British MP Ian Liddell-Grainger will present a new bi-partisan report of the All-Party Parliamentary Taxation Group that examines the UK’s experience with “return-free” tax filing, under which the tax authority prepares individuals’ income tax returns. Mr. Liddell-Grainger’s presentation will be discussed by former Congressman Bill Frenzel, George Washington University economist Joseph Cordes, and Brookings economist William Gale. Frenzel, currently a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, was ranking minority member on the House Budget Committee and a member of the President’s Advisory Panel on Tax Reform during 2005. Cordes has held senior positions at both the Treasury Department and the CBO. Gale is co-director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

Research Papers

Renewable Electricity Standards, Energy Efficiency, and Cost-Effective Climate-Change Policy

Climate change proposals currently under consideration include both a cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas (GHS) emissions and a nationwide renewable electricity standard (RES). Some proposals permit a portion of the renewable electricity requirement to be satisfied by adopting energy efficiency measures, while others include a separate efficiency requirement. This paper examines how these approaches fit together, the costs associated with substantially expanding the portion of electricity generated by renewable resources, and the potential savings from incorporating energy efficiency into an RES.

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July 24th Event: Stearns to deliver remarks

Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Fl) will deliver opening remarks at TPI’s July 24th event on Information and Privacy: What are the Tradeoffs? Stearns, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, has been in a leader on online privacy issues for many years.

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July 20th Event: Reforming Universal Service

The universal service program is coming under increasing pressure: expenditures for old-fashioned voice service, especially in the high-cost fund, are growing rapidly even as many policymakers are calling for the fund to also include broadband. Even without including broadband, consumers are already paying higher taxes for these increased expenditures. This seminar will address questions of how to reform the fund, including ways of controlling growth in the high-cost fund, such as reverse auctions, and how to incorporate broadband in an efficient and equitable manner.

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July 24th Event: Information and Privacy: What are the Tradeoffs?

Online advertising uses customer information to target messages to consumers’ interests. The resulting advertising revenues support an array of innovative new online services, which consumers can often use for free. But as the use of information online has increased, so have concerns about privacy. More privacy, however, would mean less information, less valuable advertising, and thus fewer resources available for producing new low-priced services. It is this tradeoff that Congress needs to take into account as it considers new privacy legislation. TPI has assembled a group of experts to discuss how policy makers should address the tradeoffs inherent in privacy policy.

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