The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, a not-for-profit electronic health-record testing group, was part of a wave of organizations and individuals filing official public comments on two federal rules governing the meaningful use and certification of EHRs. Both rules pertain to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus law, which provides billions of dollars in federal subsidy payments to hospitals and office-based physicians for the purchase of EHR systems. The 60-day public comment period on both rules closes March 15. The CMS, drafter of the rule on “meaningful use,” has received more than 1,000 comments so far, according to a CMS spokesman. CCHIT, in its response to HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which produced the certification rule, called it “an admirable first draft effort” that nevertheless needs “improvement and refinement to drive an achievable step forward in the meaningful use of EHRs, and to avoid an unintended deceleration in the pace of EHR adoption.”
Late News: CMS gets 1,000 comments on EHR stimulus rules
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