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Thoughts on meaningful use criteria, EHR certification

Today marks the end of the public comment period for the proposed meaningful use criteria drafted late last year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. It’s also the last day to comment on the interim final rule (IFR) for electronic health record (EHR) technology certification standards.

With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some noteworthy commentary on the meaningful use criteria and the EHR certification rule.

The IFR has been in place for about a month, and meaningful use criteria should be made final this spring. That should pave the way for health care providers to begin ramping up their EHR implementation strategies and, if all goes well, to receive federal reimbursements before the end of the year. We’ll keep you posted.

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