HHS Announces Next Steps to Promote Use of Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange
Published on: August 30, 2012
On August 23, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the next steps in the Obama administration's work to help doctors and hospitals use electronic health records. Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, doctors, health-care professionals, and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt and meaningfully use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.
CMS and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released final requirements for Stage 2 that hospitals and health-care providers must meet in order to qualify for incentives during the second stage of the program, and criteria that electronic health records must meet to achieve certification.
The CMS final rule also provides a flexible reporting period for 2014 to give providers sufficient time to adopt or upgrade to the latest EHR technology certified for 2014.