Just when you thought the final rule was final…
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon release clarifications on the meaningful use final rule that was published in July. While no exact date has been given for the release of these adjustments, they are currently being subjected to a federal clearance process before being published.
There’s no need to be alarmed. All indications are that the revisions are minor. They will include more in-depth descriptions of the meaningful use objectives and measures with a distinct aim to help providers plan for future stages. That’s something I think we can all agree is sorely needed.
Be sure to check out the CMS website for the release of these modifications as well are more guidance materials for health care providers on how to meet the objectives laid out in the incentive program.
The CMS website can be found here: http://www.cms.gov/
Discussions of Stage 2 & 3
That’s right there’s more. The adjustments to the Stage 1 final rule were not the only topic discussed at the recent Health IT Policy Committee meeting. The Committee also discussed the requirements for the next stages in the incentive program.
In our latest video entitled “What is Meaningful Use?“, the important distinction is made about the use of certified EHR technology as a requirement for proving meaningful use and in turn being eligible for incentives under the HITECH Act.
It makes sense that one of the questions I’ve been most often asked following the release of the video is “What EHRs are certified?”.
Well, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is here to help. The ONC has published a list of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program.
This list is by no means a final or exhaustive list. You can expect this list to be updated, so it may be worthy of a bookmark.
You can find the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) here:
Gotta love all those acronyms.
If you have any relation to the healthcare industry in the US then chances are that you’ve heard the term meaningful use countless times and unless you’re heavily involved with healthcare IT then there’s a good chance that the term is confusing.
If that’s the case then this video is for you. We’ve been hearing the term meaningful use for two years now and it’s just as vague as ever for some of us and with the release of the stage one final rules a couple of months ago, the chatter only seems to be getting louder.
So for those of you without a highly technical background, I’ve created this fun and hopefully informative video that attempts to answer the burning question: What is Meaningful Use?
This video – entitled: “What is Meaningful Use?“, along with all of our existing – and future – educational videos can be found on the new site in our HL7 Video Vault.