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HIMSS 2012 – Stage 2 Proposed Rules Discussed for First Time; Will Be Released Tomorrow

At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference today, leaders and staff from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) provided an overview of the highly anticipated Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs, or “proposed rules”) on Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program (or “meaningful use”). The CMS and ONC NPRMs will be viewable tomorrow via the Office of the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk, and will be formally published in the Federal Register soon thereafter with 60-day comment periods.

Per today’s CMS and ONC discussion, a number of items specifically requested by the American College of Radiology over the past several years will appear in the NPRMs in some form:

  • Images – The CMS NPRM will include a menu set functional measure related to viewing images, and the ONC NPRM will include a corresponding certification criterion. There will be differences between the Eligible Professional and Eligible Hospital versions of this functional measure.
  • Certified EHR Technology – Certification criteria that correspond with CMS functional measures from which an EP is excluded will not need to be covered by that EP’s technology unless the criteria in question are part of the proposed “base” of criteria needed to meet the statutory definition of certified EHR technology.
  • Encounters – There will be increased flexibility around defining encounters.
  • Registries – The NPRMs will include some requirements pertaining to cancer and specialty society registries.
  • Patient information – The patient information related functional measures will be consolidated and presumably more clear.
  • And more…

Much more was shared during today’s discussion, but it would be best to wait until the NPRMs are publicly available and digested to ensure accuracy. Stay tuned…

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