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Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-- Stage 2

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-- Stage 2

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Published by: Brian Ahier on Feb 23, 2012
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services42 CFR Parts 412, 413, and 495[CMS-0044-P]RIN 0938-AQ84Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program--Stage 2AGENCY:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.
Proposed rule.
This proposed rule would specify the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet inorder to qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments. In addition, it would specify payment adjustments under Medicare for covered professional services and hospital services provided by EPs, eligible hospitals,and CAHs failing to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology and other  program participation requirements. This proposed rule would also revise certain Stage 1criteria, as well as criteria that apply regardless of Stage, as finalized in the final ruletitled Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program published on July 28, 2010 in the
Federal Register
. The provisions included in theMedicaid section of this proposed rule (which relate to calculations of patient volume andhospital eligibility) would take effect shortly after finalization of this rule, not subject tothe proposed 1 year delay for Stage 2 of meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
CMS-0044-P 2Changes to Stage 1 of meaningful use would take effect for 2013, but most would beoptional until 2014.
: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of theaddresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on
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In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-0044-P. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission.You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one of theways listed):1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation tohttp://www.regulations.gov. Follow the "Submit a comment" instructions.2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following addressONLY:Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,Department of Health and Human Services,Attention: CMS-0044-P,P.O. Box 8013,Baltimore, MD 21244-8013.Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the closeof the comment period.3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to thefollowing address ONLY:
CMS-0044-P 3Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,Department of Health and Human Services,Attention: CMS-0044-P,Mail Stop C4-26-05,7500 Security Boulevard,Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
4. By hand or courier. Alternatively, you may deliver (by hand or courier)your written comments ONLY to the following addresses prior to the close of thecomment period:a. For delivery in Washington, DC--Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,Department of Health and Human Services,Room 445-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building,200 Independence Avenue, SW.,Washington, DC 20201(Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readilyavailable to persons without Federal government identification, commenters areencouraged to leave their comments in the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.)

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