The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released two highly anticipated proposed rules relating to Meaningful Use:

    The Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3 proposed rules specifies new criteria that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must meet to qualify for Medicaid EHR incentive payments (Medicare incentive payments end in 2016). The rule also proposes criteria that providers must meet to avoid Medicare payment adjustments (Medicaid has no payment adjustments) based on program performance beginning in payment year 2018. EHR Intelligence outlines the eight goals of the proposed Stage 3 MU rules. The 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule aligns provisions included in the ONC's draft shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, builds on past editions of adopted health IT certification criteria, and includes new and updated IT functionality and provisions that support the EHR Incentive Programs care improvement, cost reduction, and patient safety across the health system.
    Both proposed rules will appear in the Federal Register on March 30, 2015.  The comment period on both proposed rules ends on May 29, 2015.

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