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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter provides insight on Interim Rules for Meaningful Use Criteria

Posted Jan 03 2010 9:18am

Campaigns For January's edition of the HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter, I wrote a guest article on personal observations from the Interim Rules for Meaningful Use as published December 30th. The article describes clarifications and changes to Stage I (beginning 2011) Meaningful Use Criteria compared to the prior publication of the MU Matrix last summer.


Discussion in this article describes Deborah's personal perspectives on the interim regulatory changes and does not reflect or represent the views and opinions of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).

On December 30th, ONC and HHS announced two interim rules related to the HITECH Act and Meaningful Use Criteria for participation in the EHR Incentive Program. The rules relate to:

1)    Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program,


2)    Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology

The purpose of this article is to provide insight regarding differences between the Meaningful Use Criteria published in 2009 and the interim regulations related to criteria, published December 30th. Since there are over five hundred pages of regulations and commentary, each Policy Priority will be covered in a series of articles spanning several issues of the newsletter. This article begins with a discussion of the changes made by ONC and HHS for the first Policy Priority specified by the HIT Policy Committee and covers specifications for Stage I - 2011 Meaningful Use criteria.

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