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.
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
. 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.