First, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited final rule to govern Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The rule specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs.
- Click here for the full text of CMS’s final rule.
- Click here to see the fact sheet on CMS’s final rule.
Second, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) also announced a related final rule, which specifies the technical capabilities and related standards and implementation specifications that Certified EHR Technology will need to include to support the achievement of meaningful use by EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs under the EHR Incentive Programs.
- Click here for the full text of the ONC rule.
- Click here to read a fact sheet on ONC’s standards and certification criteria final rule.
Stay tuned. We will be posting more about these final rules in the days to come.