The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) along with CMS issued an interim final rule (IFR) this week – setting off a 60-day public comment period – making minor course adjustments to meaningful use stage 2 rules issued earlier this year.
First, the IFR updates data standards for clinical quality measures in meaningful use, so vendors seeking ONC certification can create systems that enable health care providers to capture the full set of patient data needed for attesting to meaningful use.
Secondly, it updates the Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) requirements for the certification rule, to harmonize certified EHR technology with CMS’s and make physicians’ data submissions more interoperable with CMS’s systems.
Thirdly, it changes the CMS meaningful use rule’s lab-standards criteria and patient view/download/transmit requirements for hospital admissions. It offers detailed clarifications on computing patient numbers for these criteria as well as exemptions for hospitals that have low-volume traffic for certain meaningful use clinical quality measures.
Read the full Federal Registry entry here.