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New CMS site offers info on EHR incentives


By Maureen McKinney
Posted: June 21, 2010 - 1:00 pm ET
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In an effort to help providers navigate new health information technology requirements and qualify for meaningful-use payments, the CMS has launched a website detailing information about its electronic health-record system incentive programs, which are scheduled to launch in 2011.

Specifically, the site includes clarification of terms such as “eligible professional” and “certification,” both of which appear in provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, commonly known as HITECH, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In addition, users can download fact sheets on proposed program requirements and the proposed definition of meaningful use.

The site will include more specific information about requirements after the final rule on the EHR incentive programs is released this summer, according to the CMS.

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