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May 7 2012   8:53AM GMT

Comments closing for meaningful use stage 2 proposed rule

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As the meaningful use stage 2 comment period comes to a close, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will have its hands full gathering and analyzing all the feedback received. Reactions to meaningful use stage 2 from industry stakeholders have been a mixed bag, with immediate concerns focusing on the measures that are perceived to be out of providers’ control, such as the requirement that 10% of patients “view, download or transmit” their electronic personal health information.

Many health care industry organizations have weighed in on the meaningful use stage 2 proposed rule, but one in particular — the American Hospital Association (AHA) — ruffled feathers among patient advocates, including Regina Holliday. The AHA’s 68-page comment letter was criticized by Holliday and others for pushing back on the requirement that patients be given the ability to view online, download and transmit information about a hospital admission within 36 hours.

Meanwhile, the American Medical Association got together with 38 other organizations to publish its comments on stage 2 proposed rules, with an emphasis on “a potential concern with pushing too many requirements into meaningful use.”

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) expressed similar concerns about providers’ ability to meet existing deadlines for meaningful use stage 2 criteria. CHIME urged CMS to “follow the precedent set in stage 1,” and allow providers to “demonstrate meaningful use during a continuous 90-day reporting period for their first payment year in stage 2.”

Many other organizations have also published comments on the proposed meaningful use stage 2 criteria: The American Medical Group Association, the American Medical Informatics Association, the National Rural Health Association, and the American Heart Association, just to name a few. Hopefully the folks at ONC have taken some speed reading classes.

Visit the ONC website for full details on the meaningful use stage 2 proposed rule.

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