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Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program Draft Rules Released
CMS proposes rules for EHR, 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the attached notice of proposed rulemaking for the Stage 3 Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification. Comments on the proposed rules are due May 29.

The Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule specifies new criteria that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals must meet to qualify for Medicaid EHR incentive payments. The rule also proposes criteria that providers must meet to avoid Medicare payment adjustments (Medicaid has no payment adjustments) based on program performance beginning in payment year 2018. CHA is currently analyzing the regulations and will provide a detailed summary and solicit member input in the coming weeks.

More information on meaningful use can be found on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website. More information on ONC’s editions of certification criteria can be found at www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/standards-and-certification-regulations.

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