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ONC Requests Comment on Stage 3 Meaningful Use

Posted on 11/29/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a request for public comment on draft recommendations for the Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use Program. Stakeholders are asked to comment on new and revised meaningful use objectives and measures, proposed certification criteria for information exchanges, as well as a series of questions on clinical quality measures, and privacy and security issues.

As a reminder, in 2009, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, setting aside about $30 billion for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to qualifying doctors, eligible health care professionals, and hospitals that adopt and meaningfully use certified electronic health record (HER) technology to drive improvements in care.  
The Health Information Technology Policy Committee held a series of public hearings and listening sessions before designing the Stage 3 draft recommendations.  The Committee says in the request for comments that Stage 3 is “the time to begin to transition from setting-specific focus to a collaborative, patient-and and family-centric approach.” To be considered for Stage 3, an objective should support new models of care, address national health priorities, have broad applicability, be feasible, and be achievable by 2016.  Comments on the recommendation must be submitted by January 14th, 2013.
To view the ONC’s request for comment, please click here.