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Full HIT Policy Committee Discusses Progress of MU Workgroup’s Draft Recommendations for Stage 2

The full HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) held its May public meeting earlier today.  The HITPC Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup provided the committee members with an update regarding their effort to finalize recommendations for potential future Stage 2 MU functionality objectives/measures.

The MU Workgroup continues to support a “functionality enabled”-type measure for radiology order entry rather than a percentage-based measure, as this blog described on April 5.  However, some of the HIT Policy Committee members expressed concern that the radiology order entry recommendation was not aggressive enough to support some of the advanced performance metrics intended for the Stage 2  “report clinical quality measures” MU objective.  The need for more detail in the radiology order entry recommendation will also be reflected in Dr. Keith Dreyer’s (ACR IT and Informatics Committee) testimony for the upcoming May 13 MU Workgroup hearing for specialists.

Moving forward, the MU Workgroup’s specialist hearing will be held this Friday the 13th.  Later, the Workgroup will modify its advice and present final recommendations for approval of the full HIT Policy Committee on June 8.  Note that the various recommendations of the HIT Policy Committee and its workgroups are merely advisory, and the regulatory agencies (CMS and ONC) are free to use, or not use, the advice however they see fit during the upcoming Stage 2 rulemakings.

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