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Tool crunches meaningful use compliance with proposed rule

Some IT leaders for healthcare providers wonder what is going to happen this upcoming election season as rumors swirl around the future of meaningful use stage 2.

Others, according to DirectTrust CEO and longtime Senior Policy Advisor for the American Academy of Family Physicans David Kibbe, M.D., read ambiguity into a proposed rule that would loosen compliance rules for 2014. Some, he said, interpret the rules to read something along the lines of, “this year, do what you can and we’ll figure out next year.”

Turns out, there’s an app for that.

For providers, CMS released a tool creatively named the “CEHRT NPRM Tool,” which refers to the agency’s Certified EHR Technology Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The rule, which we point won’t be finalized until later this year, suggests providers can use both 2011 and 2014 certified EHRs (or a combination thereof) to qualify for incentives; the regulations in force now say only 2014 qualifies for stage 2 attestation.

Confused yet?

Well check out this tool. Depending on what stage your organization is attesting to, and what version clinical quality measures (labeled all over the tool as “CQMs”), it offers some advice on what to do.

Then again, any advice anyone gives on stage 2 compliance, at this point, should be used for entertainment purposes only, regardless of the source. After all, the latest proposed rule is just that — proposed.

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