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Make Yourself Heard on Meaningful Use EHR Rules

by Lauren H. Fifield, Senior Policy Advisor

There’s still time to weigh in on the Meaningful Use of EHR! We’re about a month away from the submission deadline for comments in response to two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM): The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM; and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2014 Standards and Certification NPRM. And you can provide valuable feedback to the ONC and CMS. 

Why is your feedback so important?

Because officials in DC or other vendor headquarters simply do not have your clinical expertise and day-to-day insights on the use of an EHR. Yes, athenahealth is in the process of developing our own comments. And while we plan to represent the interests of our clients—primarily with respect to administrative requirements and the best utilization of health IT—we strongly encourage providers and administrators like you to submit your own comments, too. 

Luckily, CMS and the ONC have created a helpful site that tells you exactly how to submit comments. You’ll find the two proposed rules, a video overview of the Stage 2 requirements, fact sheets for both and links to where you can electronically submit your comments. 

If you don’t have time to read both rules, I recommend you focus on the CMS Rule—the Stage 2 NPRM—and that you register for our next Stage 2 webinar, scheduled for April 25th, to get an overview of what the rule entails. 

You can also zip through the rules by doing a search for “comment” using the “Ctrl+F” function on your keyboard. This isn’t an exact science, but that search should get you to all the places where CMS specifically wants feedback.

What do you think? If you have some thoughts you want to share with colleagues, comment right here.

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