HIMSS Lauds Clarity in Stage 2, ICD-10 Rules

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is relatively upbeat in its assessments of the rules that HHS released last week governing the federally funded electronic health-records incentive payment programs.

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Source: ModernHealthcare.com

On Thursday, the CMS released its 672-page final rule (PDF) setting the Stage 2 meaningful-use criteria that hospitals, office-based physicians and other eligible professionals must meet to qualify for federal EHR incentive payments. HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology also released its 474-page companion final rule (PDF), which guides EHR developers on what they must do to build, test and certify systems that qualify for use in the program that will pay about $27 billion in incentive payments to providers to adopt and meaningfully use health information technology.