Meaningful Use Rule on the Way

Update July 12: Health and Human Services will release the rules tomorrow, with an annoucement scheduled for 10 a.m. EST.

The long-awaited “meaningful use” rule appears to be on the way. A final rule has been sent for review to the Office of Management and Budget, a required step prior to publication.

Although OMB is under no strict deadline to review the rule, high-profile regulation typically does not remain in its queue for long. Thus the meaningful use rule could be published, or at least announced, this week.

The rule sets the criteria for the EHR incentive program called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ARRA established the outline of the program, intended to promote the adoption and meaningful use of EHR technology, and called on Health and Human Services to promulgate the regulations enacting it.

Also in OMB’s queue is a related rule on EHR implementation standards and criteria, which supports the meaningful use program.

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