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HIMSS 2012 – CMS Town Hall

I am attending the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 Annual Conference to monitor the educational offerings from the various participating federal agencies. During this morning’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Town Hall session, Elizabeth Holland from the CMS Office of eHealth Standards and Services, indicated that the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) from CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) should be publicly accessible in a matter of days; perhaps as early as tomorrow. She also indicated that the CMS NPRM will likely be over 500 pages in length. When released, the American College of Radiology will review both NPRMs and provide summaries and other information on its website as usual.

CMS and ONC have targeted a February 2012 release of the NPRMs for a few months, but the likelihood it would happen decreased significantly with the late January submissions to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Thus, it is somewhat surprising that the agencies might still meet the February goal.

I should also note for those unfamiliar with the federal rulemaking process that NPRMs are merely proposed versions of the rules released to solicit public comments. The future final rules from CMS and ONC will undoubtedly be significantly different.

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