Comment Period Officially Opens for Proposed Rules on Stage 2

TOPIC ALERT:

The federal government now is accepting comments on the two proposed rules for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 3/7).

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

About the Proposed Rules

On Wednesday, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT officially published the two notices of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 3/8). The two proposed rules are:

  • CMS' proposed rule, which outlines requirements for hospitals and health care providers seeking to attest to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program (iHealthBeat, 2/23); and
  • ONC's proposed rule, which outlines standards and criteria for the certification of EHRs under Stage 2 of the meaningful use program (iHealthBeat, 2/27).

Comment Period

The federal government's Regulations.gov website provides a platform for the public to submit online comments on the CMS proposed rule and the ONC proposed rule (Government Health IT, 3/8). The 60-day public comment period ends on May 7.

The agencies expect to publish final rules for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program this summer (Health Data Management, 3/7).


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