A final rule released last week by ONC, concerning federal oversight of EHRs, is being met with a mixed reaction by payer, provider, and vendor groups.
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, who up until Thursday was serving in two roles at the US Department of Health and Human (HHS), has stepped down as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
ONC has identified two specific methods for measuring the achievement of “widespread interoperability” as required in MACRA.
Even though the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program is slated to be phased out, federal regulators will continue to measure whether physicians are using meaningful use certified electronic health record systems (EHRs) in order to determine Medicare payments. In other words, meaningful use criteria and measurements should still be met.
On Tuesday CMS and ONC released final rules for stage 3 of the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, as well as the final rule for the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria.