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CMS and ONC Meaningful Use Final Rules Now on Public Inspection Desk

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

On August 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) released the latest final rules to update the user and technology requirements for the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (“meaningful use”).  Both final rules will be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2012.

American College of Radiology regulatory affairs staff are currently reviewing the details of both pre-publication final rules.  There are approximately 1150 combined pages of text to review, so it will take time to digest, analyze, and appropriately summarize for the radiology community.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

HIT Policy Committee Discusses Preliminary Draft Recommendations for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

On August 1, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) held its monthly business meeting, which featured a presentation from the Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup on its preliminary draft recommendations for Stage 3 of the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  The MU Workgroup plans to release the preliminary draft Stage 3 recommendations for public comment around November 2012, with an interim/preview version released for discussion in October 2012, and finalization of the recommendations around May 2013.  The various efforts of the MU Workgroup and other HITPC workgroups related to the Stage 3 MU recommendations development process are accessible via the ONC’s website.

In terms of imaging, the MU Workgroup continues to support what they call “efficiency” clinical decision support (CDS) for the appropriateness of radiology orders.  The MU Workgroup’s draft preliminary recommendations also support moving the proposed Stage 2 image accessibility objective from the menu set to the core.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare
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