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MU Stage 3 Comment Period and Hospital EHR Attestation Deadline Approaching

HIT Policy Committee sent out an email with a request for comments on meaningful use stage 3. Here’s the email that was sent out:

Speak up now to help ONC’s Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) develop Stage 3 meaningful use recommendations that will target a collaborative model of care with shared responsibility and accountability, building upon previous meaningful use objectives through the Request for Comment.

The comment period is now open. Each item that the HITPC is requesting comment on has been given an identification number in order to streamline the accumulation of comments. Please use this ID number when submitting comments. Submit a comment online.

The deadline for comments is 11:59p.m. ET on January 14, 2013.

Following the analysis of the comments received throughout the comment period, the HITPC intends to revisit these recommendations in its public meetings in the first quarter of 2013.

Also, for those Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), the last day for you to register and submit attestation in fiscal year 2012 for the Medicare EHR program is November 30, 2012. For eligible hospitals and CAHs, this means that they must successfully attest to meeting meaningful use to be eligible to receive an incentive payment for FY 2012.

CMS has also put together this PDF of the meaningful use and EHR incentive timeline. Be careful so you don’t miss any deadlines.

November 27, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Likely Delay in Meaningful Use Stage 2

Everyone that lives and breathes EMR and meaningful use has been seeing the people calling for meaningful use Stage 2. Jim Tate posted on HITECH Answers some new proposed timing options for meaningful use stage 2 that came out of the HIT Policy Committee and meaningful use workgroup. Of course, this committee is just a committee and just makes recommendations, but most of their recommendations have been taken.

Here’s Jim Tate’s summary of the MU stage 2 delay:

It is now being fully recognized that the move from entry level Stage 1 to Stage 2 will not be simple small step. Stage 1 was designed to facilitate buy in from vendors, EPs and EHs. Stage 2 will be where it gets real and the present timeline is simply not sufficient. The MU Workgroup has proposed several possible timing options to the current plan. All signs point to the creation of more elbow room in Stage 1.

On Jim’s post, he also has the chart he posted that showed the various meaningful use stage 2 timing options. Looks like meaningful use stage 2 is in for a delay.

May 12, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.