The regulations for HITECH and Meaningful Use were promised before the end of 2009, and they were released on December 30, 2009, in the late afternoon. There are hundreds of pages to review. To read for yourself, visit the Standards & Certification section of the ONC’s Health Information Technology site. The Interim Final Rule (IFR) information is located here.
The IFR is open for public comment. Initial public reactions have been made by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
The AHA expresses their concerns that the Meaningful Use rule “fails to recognize how modern hospitals are organized and how care is delivered” and “the eligibility requirements for hospitals and physicians are too restrictive.”
MGMA’s statement expressed that “Overly burdensome requirements and needlessly complex administration will only discourage physician participation in the program and the implementation of EHRs.” The call is to simplify the Meaningful Use criteria and reporting requirements.
To read the statements directly, the links are provided below.
- AHA Statement on Proposed Rules on ‘Meaningful Use’ and Health Information Technology Funding
- MGMA: Physicians Face Significant Challenges Meeting EHR ‘Meaningful Use’ Requirements
During the next 60 days, there will be many organizations and individuals responding to the IFR. The public comment period is a good thing and provides an opportunity to try to influence the final regulations.
We conduct polls on this site to gauge opinion and gain insights. The poll we are launching relates to HITECH. The HITECH Act seeks to “improve patient care and make it patient-centric through the creation of a secure, interoperable nationwide health information network.” Looking ahead to 2015, what percent of these goals will be realized? Take the poll in the right-hand column of this site.
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