Regulatory Advisory

CMS Updates Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements in Interim Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released an interim final rule revising Stage 2 meaningful use quality reporting requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The rule also updates certification requirements for electronic health records systems participating in the meaningful use program in 2014. In addition, CMS finalized a minimum case number threshold for clinical quality measure reporting for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in FY 2013 of five or fewer inpatient discharges per quarter or 20 or fewer inpatient discharges per year. CMS expanded this minimum threshold to eligible hospitals and CAHs in any stage of meaningful use. CMS will accept comments on the interim final rule, attached, through Feb. 5, 2013. The rule goes into effect Jan. 7, 2013, and is in addition to final rules issued in August, which are available at