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Public Comments Sought for Meaningful Use Proposed Rules

By Vera Gruessner

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced that the three most recent notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) are available for public comment. For two meaningful use proposed rules, providers only have nine more days to submit their comments.

Stakeholders need to submit their comments to the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule by May 29 at the latest. This ruling specifies the requirements under Stage 3 Meaningful Use that critical access hospitals, eligible hospitals, and eligible healthcare professionals will need to meet under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Additionally, the public has until May 29 to submit comments to the 2015 Edition of Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule. This particular rule concerns updates to the EHR certification criteria and health IT standards, which will assist vendors and providers in implementing certified EHR technology and IT systems in order to successfully attest to the proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements.

Along with these proposed rules, CMS recently released Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015-2017 NPRM. Public comments regarding this particular proposed rule are due by June 15 at the absolute latest. This ruling includes proposed revisions to the requirements under the Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations of the EHR Incentive Programs for eligible hospitals, eligible professionals, and critical access hospitals.

Some of the key modifications under the latest CMS proposed rule involve changing the reporting period to 90 days within a calendar year, patient engagement measures under Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, and the secure electronic messaging objective as part of Stage 2.

Healthcare providers, EHR vendors, payers, and other stakeholders can submit their comments to these proposed rules via electronic submission or standard mail. To comment electronically, access this site. If mailing, participants can use regular mail, overnight/express mail, or courier.

For more information about the latest proposed rules from CMS and ONC, read this press release.




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