CMS Corrects Stage 2 Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published corrections to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program—Stage 2 proposed rule in the April 18 Federal Register. The corrections document fixes several technical and typographical errors in the preamble and regulations text.

The Stage 2 proposed rule, which appeared in the March 7 Federal Register, revises the criteria eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet to qualify for electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments compared with that specified in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program final rule, published in the July 28, 2010 Federal Register. It also specifies payment adjustments under Medicare for covered professional services and hospital services provided by EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs failing to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

There are no major changes in regulations to concern yourself with; many of the corrections are more semantics than mistakes, but taking note of these corrections could save you some confusion between now and when the final rule is published sometime in June.

For example, on page 13711, second column, first paragraph, line one, in the agency’s solicitation of comments regarding the variations among facility types for an electronic prescribing measure, the threshold percentage should state “65 percent,” not “50 percent.”

Additional corrections were needed to remove erroneous measure stewards and contact information in Tables 6 and 9; and an incorrect contact for clinical quality measures issues was listed on page 13698.

See the corrections document for complete details.


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