ONC Releases Stage 2 EHR Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a proposed rule on EHR certification late Friday. The rule is a companion to the proposed rule on stage 2 of the meaningful use EHR incentive program released the preceding day by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Read the published certification rule here.) ONC’s rule defines the technology standards and implementation specifications that will support the...

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Stage 2 Rule Released

CMS stays the course with its proposed rule on stage 2 of the meaningful use EHR incentive program. It confirms a delayed start, shuffles some objectives, and raises the bar on patient engagement.

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Ten Reasons to Not Delay ICD-10

This week AHIMA announced it will reach out to leaders at the Department of Health and Human Services and urge there be no delay in the implementation of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. [Feb. 23: read AHIMA’s letter to Secretary Sebelius.] “We recommend that HHS reach out to the full healthcare community and gather more information about the great strides many have achieved— in good faith—since the ICD-10 deadline was set in January...

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HHS Announces Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius announced late today that HHS will initiate the rulemaking process to postpone the compliance deadline for implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. The statement did not contain any indication of a new deadline or when the rulemaking process would begin. HHS’s statement follows on remarks yesterday by CMS acting administrator Marilyn Tavenner that CMS would “reexamine the pace” of the...

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CMS Will “Re-examine the Pace” of ICD-10 Implementation

CMS is willing to “re-examine the pace” of the ICD-10 implementation, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told attendees at the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference.

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