CMS Issues Corrections for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

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On Wednesday, CMS published a notice in the Federal Register outlining corrections to its proposed rule for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 4/17).

Background

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.

In February, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking on Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, which outlines requirements for hospitals and health care providers seeking to attest to Stage 2 of the program (iHealthBeat, 4/10).

Corrections

According to CMS, the notice "corrects technical and typographical errors in the proposed rule" (Modern Healthcare, 4/17). Errors identified in the CMS notice include:

  • The omission of a timeframe by which the agency would determine "whether a practice/location is equipped with certified EHR technology;"
  • The inclusion of an "erroneous threshold percentage" in a solicitation of "comments regarding variations among facility types for an electronic prescribing measure" (Goedert, Health Data Management, 4/17); and
  • Instances where CMS "inadvertently mischaracterized" EHR certification criteria developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT "as the Stage 2 criteria instead of 2014 certification criteria" (Modern Healthcare, 4/17).

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