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HIT Policy Committee and Meaningful Use Workgroup Meetings

On March 6, the HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) Meaningful Use Workgroup held its first teleconference since the release of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs or proposed rules) on Stage 2 “meaningful use” and 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria, standards, and implementation specifications.  The conversation about the CMS NPRM sometimes became heated as the workgroup members heavily scrutinized deviations from their June 2011 recommendations to the agencies.

Of note, during the discussion of CMS’ proposed Stage 2 clinical decision support (CDS) objective, workgroup members agreed that it would be better for at least one of the five CDS interventions to be tied to efficiency, particularly for prescriptions and image ordering.  It will be interesting to see how they plan to shape this recommendation, which is aligned with the American College of Radiology’s testimony on appropriateness CDS at the workgroup’s hearing regarding “MU and Specialists” on May 13, 2011.

On March 7, the full HITPC met to discuss the NPRMs and other issues.  The National Coordinator for HIT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, began the meeting by passionately denouncing the Health Affairs article that claimed electronic access to images caused more tests to be ordered.  His criticism was published the night before on the Health IT Buzz Blog administered by ONC.

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