CMS must pay special attention to ensure that the final version of the proposed "meaningful use" rule for electronic health records fits with other rules for standards and certification, as well at the interim final rule for the certification of EHRs, Government Health IT reports.
Earlier this year, CMS published a notice of proposed rulemaking describing how health care providers can demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs to qualify for incentive payments under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT also published an interim final rule describing required certification standards for EHR technology.
Tony Trenkle, CMS director of e-health and standards, recently stressed how the interplay between different regulations will be important in determining what health care providers will need to demonstrate to qualify for the incentive payments.
ONC policy analyst Steve Posnack said that CMS and ONC are coordinating their regulations to ensure that the standards set for determining meaningful use are in step with rules governing certification of EHRs (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 3/18).