CMS and ONC Released ‘Meaningful use of EHR’ & IFR

HITBeating the 31st Dec statutory deadline by one day Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its draft definition for the “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) on 30th Dec as part of its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).  The NPRM describes the proposed implementation of incentives to providers for the adoption and meaningful use of certified EHRs.  This NPRM from CMS is now open for public commenting for the period of 60 days before its finalization.

 Office also issued a closely related National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) which is an interim final rule (IFR) on Standards & Certification Criteria.  The IFR provides details on requirements for “certified” EHR systems, and what technical specifications are needed to support secure, interoperable, nationwide electronic exchange and meaningful use of health information.  The standards and certification criteria in the IFR are specifically designed to support the 2011 meaningful use criteria.

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