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EHR Incentive Program Stage 2 Rules and Comments

On Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the proposed stage 2 meaningful use requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Key aspects include the following:

  • changes to meaningful use stage 1 measures for eligible hospitals
  • meaningful use stage 2 core measures for eligible hospitals
  • meaningful use stage 2 menu measures for eligible hospitals
  • changes to the clinical quality measure reporting requirement
  • changes to the EHR incentive program timeline
  • Medicare payment reduction process/timeline
  • modifications specific to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

America’s Essential Hospitals published a detailed summary of the proposed rule.

The final rule specifies the Stage 2 criteria eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals must meet in order to qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments.

Final rule

The final rule modifies stage 1 meaningful use criteria for hospitals and eligible professionals.

Association comments to CMS on proposed rule

Association comments to ONC on proposed rule

On Feb. 25, 2010, the association submitted a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology’s policy committee in response to a request for comments on their preliminary recommendations for stage 2 of the criteria for meaningful use.

Proposed rule

This proposed rule modifies stage 1 meaningful use criteria for hospitals and eligible professionals.

 

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