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CMS and ONC Issue Regulations Proposing a Definition of 'Meaningful Use'

04/05/10  Portland, OR

The CMS and ONC call on December 30, 2009 introduced two new regulations that were recently released. The interim final rule for “meaningful use” will be published in the January 13th Federal Register and you will have 60 days to comment. The other regulation is a proposed rule dealing with Medicare and Medicaid provisions with plenty of time to comment. This regulation proposes a three stage implementation focusing on improving clinical quality measures with increasing standards over time. The information below provides links to the appropriate documents.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health will continue to work closely with the OAHHS throughout 2010 to ensure you receive the latest information in a timely manner. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Kassie Clarke at clarkek@ohsu.edu or (503) 494-4450.

CMS and ONC Issue Regulations Proposing a Definition of ‘Meaningful Use’ and Setting Standards for Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Public Encouraged to Comment on New Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) encourage public comment on two regulations issued today that lay a foundation for improving quality, efficiency and safety through meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The regulations will help implement the EHR incentive programs enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

A proposed rule issued by CMS outlines proposed provisions governing the EHR incentive programs, including defining the central concept of “meaningful use” of EHR technology. An interim final regulation (IFR) issued by ONC sets initial standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology. Both regulations are open to public comment.

For more information, please visit the full news release.

To view the CMS rule, please visit CMS's website.

To view the ONC Standards and Certification final rule, please visit HHS's website.