CMS, ONC provide preview of Stage 2 meaningful use rules

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As expected, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will delay Stage 2 of meaningful use of electronic health records one year until Oct. 1, 2013, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari announced today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Las Vegas. Under Stage 2, hospitals will be expected to meet 18 of 20 meaningful use objectives, and likely additional quality measures, according to presentations by CMS and Office of the National Coordinator staff that previewed a notice of proposed rulemaking to be released tomorrow. Presenters indicated that CMS will propose imposing statutory Medicare payment penalties on hospitals for failure to meet meaningful use in fiscal year 2015 based on their fiscal year 2014 performance data. The proposed rule will also include requirements for sharing data with patients and information exchange among providers. In addition, the rule will offer increased flexibility, Mostashari said. For example, as requested by the AHA, providers will only need to have certified EHR technology for the objectives they use to achieve meaningful use. The proposed rule is expected to appear in tomorrow's Federal Register. AHA members will receive a Special Bulletin with further details at that time.

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