Policy Committee OKs Stage 3 Meaningful Use Recommendations

March 11, 2014 in News

On Tuesday, the Health IT Policy Committee voted to approve recommendations from its meaningful use workgroup for new objectives for Stage 3 of the meaningful use program, Healthcare Informatics reports.  

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers that demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Details of Recommendations

After earlier feedback, the Policy Committee’s meaningful use workgroup eliminated eight of 26 proposed recommendations, including those related to:

  • Amendments;
  • Care planning;
  • Electronic medication administration record;
  • Imaging;
  • Medication adherence; and
  • Reminders.

At the meeting, some members said the scaled back measures would limit progress toward interoperability and health care improvements.

However, other stakeholders argued that providers and health IT vendors already are overburdened and that the requirements should be further scaled back.

Next Steps

The recommendations now head to CMS, which will develop a proposed rule this fall and issue a final rule in early 2015.

During the meeting, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said that approving the proposed recommendations would allow the Standards Committee to begin testing the recommendations’ feasibility. DeSalvo noted that the next opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations would be during a series of listening sessions in April (Raths, Healthcare Informatics, 3/11).

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