As reported on EMR and HIPAA, CMS has made comments on the Meaningful Use Interim Final Rule public, providing an additive level of transparency and CMIO promptly provided a summary of the EHR comments. In light of the transparency CMS/HHC/ONC yields in regards to the Meaningful Use Interim Final Rule, we encourage members of the healthcare IT community to take full advantage of the comment period, which ends in less than a month from now. To encourage ongoing dialogue, we have published a Meaningful Use FAQ in which we anticipate aggregating questions that persist in the community and also encourage active participation. For instance, in a previous post, I pondered how meaningful use would be communicated.
Other items to note in regards to lingering questions surrounding Meaningful Use and ARRA as a whole:
- Dr. John Halamka also addressed the public comments on the Interim final rule on his blog post.
- Many questions persist surrounding interoperability standards, and as John over at EMR and EHR addressed on his blog post, the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) was recently extended to be operational until April 30th only. How will this impact communication of meaningful use from organization to the government?
- We recently updated our meaningful use matrix to include which functionality supporting MU measures are delivered in the Allscripts Enterprise EHR (AE-EHR). John at EMR and HIPAA is also collecting a number of the various matrixes that people have put together around the EMR meaningful use criteria
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