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HIT Policy Committee; RFC on Draft Ideas for Stage 3 MU to be Published Next Week (Or Soon Thereafter)

On November 7, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee held its monthly business meeting. The discussions were primarily focused on the upcoming Stage 3 Meaningful Use (MU) request for comments (RFC), which will likely be submitted to the Office of the Federal Register sometime next week for formal publication. The purpose of the RFC will be to present various concepts, draft recommendations, and questions for stakeholder feedback. Following the public comment period, the committee will work on developing (very early) draft recommendations for Stage 3 MU.

The timing of this activity has been criticized by many important stakeholders, including the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, and HIMSS EHR Association. ONC intends to provide a relatively brief 45-day comment period for the RFC, concurrent with the peak holiday season. Moreover, the RFC is coming only two months after the September 2012 rules (Stage 2 MU / 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria) were promulgated by ONC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, well before any substantial Stage 2 MU compliance guidance has been published by CMS, and over a year shy of when the 2011 and 2012 EHR Incentive Program participants will enter Stage 2 (no Stage 2 MU experience to draw from).

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