Public Comments for Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM Due May 7
The clock is ticking for interested parties to submit comments in response to the CMS and ONC Meaningful Use Stage 2 Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The deadline for submission of comments is 5pm on Monday, May 7. CMS has requested public comment on a variety of specific Stage 2 proposed requirements, such as for CQM reporting, transport standards, and the active role of patients proposed for certain objectives and measures. ONC likewise has requested public comment on proposed new and revised standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria. Public comments may also be submitted in general on any of the proposed new or revised Stage 1 and Stage 2 requirements.
For a summary of the changes proposed by the CMS NPRM, check out my previous posts, Proposed Rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Released and Meaningful Use Stage 2 Ramps up HIE. Formal comments can be submitted directly online through the respective CMS and ONC NPRM websites. Entities currently participating in or considering participating in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are strongly encouraged to submit comments on the NPRMs as feedback is critical for improvement of the EHR Incentive Programs and accomplishing the goals of Meaningful Use.