The American Hospital Association has asked the CMS to first gain more experience with stage 2 meaningful use and develop a mature EHR infrastructure and standards before finalizing the measures for the final stage of MU. "While the stage 3 proposals offer promising ideas that could further health information exchange and support greater patient engagement, 2015 will be the first year at stage 2 meaningful use for most hospitals and the vast majority of physicians," said AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack.
The CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a proposed rule Tuesday that would allow health care providers to use Stage 1 EHR technology to meet Stage 2 meaningful use requirements this year under federal incentive programs. In some cases, providers could also use Stage 1 metrics and objectives for Stage 2.
CMS will hold a national call for eligible professionals on May 29 about stage 2 meaningful use of the EHR incentive programs. The call will cover several topics including data submission processes, stage 2 requirements and reporting options.
CMS will hold a national provider call Aug. 22 for medical professionals that will focus on the basic information they should know as they transition to ICD-10. The 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. call will also present updates related to the implementation of the medical coding system on Oct. 1, 2014.
CMS will hold a national provider call May 30 for medical professionals about stage 1 of the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs. Six such calls are planned and will cover hardship exemptions, clinical quality measures, incentive payments and other topics.