Meaningful Use Stage Criteria were released on February 23 for Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals (EHs), and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Predictably, there has been wide coverage of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM). Here are some good resources to help AmericanEHR users get a good understanding of the proposed rule. Be sure to reply to this post to share your comments.
If you’re in the mood for a one-hour video from HIMSS12, here’s Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s recorded presentation. Dr. Mostashari is the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Here is a quick summary from HealthData Management.
The Advisory Board Company posted the Whiteboard Story — a single page with all of the Stage 1 and proposed Stage 2 criteria. The detail is impressive.
From John Halamka’s Life as a Healthcare CIO, a nice summary with external links and references to specific section of the NPRM. In addition, Dr. Halamka put together 15 slides summarizing key points.
Steven Waldren from the American Academy of Family Physicians was interviewed by Healthcare IT News.
American Medical News published an article on 3/5/12 that provides a good list of the Core and Menu objectives for Eligible Professionals.
Ashish Ja authored a blog for Health Affairs here.
And finally, here’s link to HIMSS Meaningful Use OneSource. From this landing page, HIMSS provides links to a series of documents breaking down the MU requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Professionals.
During the Health Information Technology Policy Committee Meaningful Use Work Group call on March 6, Robert Anthony presented these slides, which do an excellent job of covering all of key elements of MU Stage 2. Some key slides from this presentation are below (click on slide to enlarge).
Comparison of Stage 1 and Stage 2 Objectives
- Note that exclusions NO LONGER count to meet one of the menu objectives
- All denominators include all patient encounters at outpatient locations equipped with Certified EHR Technology
Stage 2 Core EP Objectives
Note: Bolded bullets represent new objectives; bolded percents represent different thresholds from Stage 1.
Stage 2 Menu EP Objectives
Stage 2 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)
What do you think about MU Stage 2? What did CMS get right? What could be improved? The comment period is open until May 7, 2012. Post your concerns here and contribute to the dialogue.