Yesterday, the final regulations that set forth the long-awaited framework for the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems by eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals were published in the Federal Register. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Rule (the “Meaningful Use Final Rule”) that sets forth the requirements for EPs and eligible hospitals to be considered meaningful users of EHRs and, thereby, qualify for EHR incentive payments. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) also issued a Final Rule (the “Certification Criteria Final Rule”) that sets forth the final initial standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHRs. This advisory discusses both Final Rules.
The advisory is provided in PDF on the Alston & Bird web site: http://www.alston.com/healthcare_EHR_incentives_meaningful_use