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Meaningful Use Workgroup Prepares to Present Stage 3 MU Recommendations to Full HIT Policy Committee for Approval

The HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup held its final public discussion on March 4 in preparation for next week’s full HITPC meeting when the workgroup’s Stage 3 MU recommendations will be presented and likely approved. Following HITPC approval, the recommendations will go to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to inform the future Stage 3 MU and 2017 Edition EHR Certification Criteria rulemakings.

Importantly, CMS and ONC staff are free to use or not use the HITPC recommendations however they wish as they work on proposed rules over the next several months. CMS and ONC hope to publish the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking on Stage 3 MU and the 2017 Edition around Fall 2014 for public comment, with final rules promulgated around mid-2015.

In terms of imaging-related subtopics, the MU Workgroup will likely recommend discontinuing the “imaging results access” objective in Stage 3 MU. The workgroup’s expressed goal for this change was to reduce participants’ reporting burden (i.e., the total number of MU objectives recommended for Stage 3 Meaningful EHR Users). Also, the MU Workgroup is not explicitly recommending the inclusion of imaging data in the “patient view, download, transmit” (or “patient portal”) objective despite the recent work of the HIT Standards Committee’s Clinical Operations Workgroup. Finally, the MU Workgroup continues to recommend that one of the main priority areas for CDS rules/interventions be radiology and lab-test appropriateness.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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