Lawmakers May Weigh in on Meaningful Use, CQ Says

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Congressional Quarterly reports that at least one House committee may schedule hearings on the latest Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health record incentive payments after lawmakers return from their August recess next week.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) published the final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules in last Monday’s Federal Register. The final rules had been available online since August 23.

For radiology, the rules are a mix of benefits and challenges, and the American College of Radiology has been active in making sure the field’s concerns are heard by CMS and the ONC.

“CMS and ONC publicly released their final rules on an unusually aggressive timeline,” said Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, chair of the ACR IT and Informatics Committee in a statement on the ACR’s website. “Our hope is that these regulations do not sacrifice the needs of specialists and our patients for the sake of expediency.”

An updated ACR consolidated summary of the final rules is available by clicking here.

In addition, the ONC has updated its website with a special section just on Stage 2 Meaningful Use regs. Click here to view this section.