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February 24, 2012 / Issue 11

In This Special Issue

Proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use NPRM posted

HIMSS: Statement on release of Stage 2 meaningful use

AMA: Not so fast

AMGA: Scale back some of the more aggressive requirements

AMIA: Invest in people, as well as technology

PPR: Sufficient patient privacy protections are not there

AHIMA: Deadline changes, shuffled objectives

CHIME: We want delay for Stage 2

AARP: Consumers are agents of change

KHN: New initiatives on records transmission, family health histories also included

Hot Clips: ICD-10


Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use NPRM posted

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Stage 2 meaningful use was posted to the Office of the Federal Register yesterday. The proposed rule outlines the next stage of meaningful use for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, which are administered by CMS. View the NPRM.

CMS has developed a fact sheet to give providers an overview of the rule and how Stage 2 expands upon Stage 1 of meaningful use. The fact sheet can be found on the EHR Incentive Programs website.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC's) NPRM was delivered to the Federal Register on February 22 at the same time as the CMS NPRM, and the policy is finalized. Additional news about the ONC proposed rule will be released once it is posted and the rules will publish on the same day.

Learn more about meaningful use by going to the CMS EHR Meaningful Use Overview web page.

Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs? Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

HIMSS: Statement on release of Stage 2 meaningful use

The release of the regulations during the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition gave attendees the opportunity to engage directly with CMS and ONC officials about the new rule.

Read HIMSS’ take on the rule. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

AMA: Not so fast

The American Medical Association (AMA) wants a full evaluation of the EHR Stage 1 incentive program first.

Read the AMA statement. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

AMGA: Scale back some of the more aggressive requirements

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) emphasized the need for further detail on several of the proposed objectives.

Read the AMGA response. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

AMIA: Invest in people, as well as technology

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) says, “We must ensure that healthcare providers not only invest in EHR systems, but obtain the competencies required to work with electronic records, including basic computer skills, information literacy and an understanding of informatics and information management capabilities.”

Read the AMIA letter. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

PPR: Sufficient patient privacy protections are not there

Patient Privacy Rights says the ability to control who can see and use personal health information is missing.

Read the PPR letter. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

AHIMA: Deadline changes, shuffled objectives

AHIMA says the rule proposes new objectives for Stage 2, eliminates some and combines others.

Read the AHIMA summary. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

CHIME: We want delay for Stage 2

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) wants more time allocated to enable assessment of Stage 1 progress and improved preparation for moving to Stage 2.

Read the CHIME response. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

AARP: Consumers are agents of change

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a coalition of major consumer advocacy groups that includes AARP, says that the need for patient information across the continuum of care is critical.

Read the group's recommendations. >

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Stage 2 MU Reactions

KHN: New initiatives on records transmission, family health histories also included

A few new initiatives, although not absolute requirements for providers, were also added in the Stage 2 rules.

Read the group's recommendations. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ICD-10

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning the ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. The 7 biggest ICD-10 challenges for payers
    2013 is right around the corner. Are you ready for the biggest coding challenge of your life?
  2. ICD-10: A master data challenge
    ICD-10 is mandated at a difficult time of many changes.
  3. Mike's all-time WSJ favorite: Walked into a lamppost? Hurt while crocheting? Help is on the way
    Nine codes for macaw mishaps.
  4. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10
    HMT’s expert panel addresses how to reduce claims and coding errors.
  5. What ICD-10 means for doctors
    The 2013 coding update may lead to revenue loss if physicians are not prepared.

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