Adopting mCODE Data Elements & Classes Would Help Reduce Burden of Implementing Radiation Oncology Model

October 27, 2020

In a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the Association for Clinical Oncology (the Association) urged CMMI to use certain  mCODE™ data elements in the Radiation Oncology (RO) model to lessen provider burden, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and enhance electronic health record (EHR) interoperability. The letter was sent in response to CMMI’s Informal Request for Information on Radiation Oncology Model Clinical Data Elements (CDEs).

Specifically, the Association recommends that CMMI minimize or completely remove CDEs that require manual reporting from the RO model’s reporting requirements and focus on collecting CDEs that exist in structured fields within EHRs that lend themselves to more automated reporting.

The Association also recommends that CMMI adopt the mCODE data elements and classes that the American Society of Clinical Oncology (the Society) is proposing to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) for incorporation into the US Core Data Elements for Interoperability (USCDI). USCDI are the data elements and classes selected for use in certified EHRs.

The submission to ONC outlines how adopting mCODE into USCDI could help to support the RO model by standardizing data collection and decreasing reporting burden, which would benefit both patients and providers.

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