Archive for April, 2012

Administrative Corrections to the CMS Stage 2 MU NPRM; HIT Standards Committee Schedule

April 18, 2012 Leave a comment

On April 18, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Federal Register notice containing several corrections related to the March 7 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM or “proposed rule”) on Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program.   Those planning to comment on the CMS NPRM should take into consideration the administrative corrections made by this notice.

Also on April 18, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) published the HIT Standards Committee’s (HITSC) schedule for assessment of the HIT Policy Committee’s recommendations.  Notice of the schedule is mandated by language in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Although this is hardly new information, the text mentions that “radiology” standards are scheduled for discussion by the HITSC later this year.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

ONC HIT Policy Committee Meets; Various Workgroups Present Draft Comments

April 4, 2012 Leave a comment

On April 4, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee convened for its monthly business meeting.  The focus was on development of the committee’s future comments in response to the March 7 proposed rules to update the EHR Incentive Program.

Various workgroups and tiger teams under the committee have been meeting weekly via webcast/teleconference to discuss portions of the proposed rules that are relevant to their respective areas.  Arguably, the most important piece of this work is that of the Meaningful Use Workgroup, which is responsible for drafting the committee’s comments on the functionality objectives and measures.  The full committee’s April 4 meeting was an opportunity for each of these subgroups to report on the status of their comment development efforts.

Moving forward, the HIT Policy Committee plans to review and approve all comments at the May 2 meeting.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare
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