The latest on “Meaningful Use”

On Wednesday, December 30, the Department of Health and Human Services released the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) establishing the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, commonly referred to as the Meaningful Use of an EHR, and the Interim Final Rule (IFR) establishing the Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria for EHR Technology.

I have posted 2 pdf documents to my Box Files – on the right hand side of this page. The documents are entitled MU Regulation 1 and 2. The first set of regulations lists the “meaningful use” criteria that healthcare providers must meet to qualify for federal IT subsidies based on how they use their electronic health records. The second set of regulations lays out the standards and certification criteria that those EHRs must meet for their users to collect the money.

On Wednesday, January 6 at 2:30pm CT, Martin Harris, MD, MBA, FHIMSS will present a 90-minute HIMSS overview webinar of the NPRM and IFR. Complimentary for HIMSS members, the webinar as led by Dr. Harris – CIO & Chairman of the Technology Division at Cleveland Clinic, Executive Director of the e-Cleveland Clinic, Chairman-Elect of the HIMSS Board of Directors, and member of the HIT Standards Committee – will highlight the themes and major components of the regulations. See for details.


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