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Recap of Recent Federal HIT Policy Developments: Part 2

There were several miscellaneous federal HIT policy developments over the past week.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a series of conference calls on the EHR Incentive Program’s online attestation process.   The presentations from the calls are available on the CMS website.  CMS will hold its next call on May 19 regarding the topic of “Understanding Meaningful Use.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a Rural Health Information Technology Network Development (RHITND) Program grant opportunity to support rural providers who work in formal networks, alliances, coalitions, or partnerships to comply with requirements of the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  The RHITND funds will essentially provide strategic and business planning, workforce analyses, technology identification and purchases, broadband access, and more, for approximately 40 rural HIT networks.

Yesterday, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) distributed an email to stakeholders describing the HRSA RHITND grant opportunity.  The information from the ONC’s notification can be accessed here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a request for public comment in the May 5 Federal Register on the draft PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance.  The draft translates business recommendations from the International Society for Disease Surveillance to technical specifications to support the syndromic surveillance meaningful use objective and corresponding EHR certification criteria/standards/implementation specifications.

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