Meaningful Use Stage 2
Notice of Proposed Rule-MakingThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announces the release of the notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) for the ONC meaningful use Stage 2 rule.
The ONC rule proposes the capabilities and related standards and implementation specifications that Certified EHR Technology will need to include to, at a minimum, support the achievement of "meaningful use" by eligible health care providers beginning with the EHR reporting periods in FY/CY 2014. The rule also proposes revisions to the permanent certification program for health information technology, which include changing the name of the program to the "ONC HIT Certification Program."
ONC's rule complements the newly released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule for Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs, clarifying the specifications necessary to meet the criteria for these programs.
ONC is seeking feedback through the Stage 2 rule on how to increase patient safety through updated certification criteria, how to improve data portability, and how to increase price transparency with regard to certified Complete EHRs or EHR Modules.