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March 31, 2015

Washington Update: Meaningful Use Stage 3 and 2015 Voluntary EHR Certification Criteria Proposed

On Monday, March 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for Stage 3 Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). On the same day, HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology issued a proposed rule and a new timeline for its Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria (2015 Edition). According to ONC, the 2015 Edition is the first in a series of incremental rules, to be published every 12-18 months, which will allow the certification regulations to respond to stakeholder feedback, support delivery reform and clinical transformation programs, and chart a course toward enhanced interoperability, information exchange, quality improvement, patient engagement and patient safety. Given this delivery of rules in smaller, incremental requirements, it is hoped that these will be more easily integrated into software development cycles.

March 30, 2015

NC Politics in the News

March 30, 2015

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Approves FY 2016 Budget Proposal... House Passes Permanent SGR Reform and Two-Year CHIP Reauthorization... Senate Passes FY 2016 Budget Plan... HHS Report: ACA Led to $7.4 Billion Decline in Uncompensated Hospital Care Costs... New Hampshire Legislature Moves to End Medicaid Expansion in 2016
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