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Feds announce proposed Stage 2 meaningful use requirements

The proposed requirements for the next phase of the government’s EHR incentive program have been released. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on February 24 announced a proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful requirements for hospitals and doctors to receive incentive payments for using electronic health records.

One key part of the proposal: The implementation of the second stage of requirements has been pushed back to 2014, rather than 2013 as initially planned.

The new rules will increase some of the existing requirements under Stage 1, as well as add new objectives for providers to meet. Proposed core objectives in Stage 2 include:

  1. Using computerized physician order entry (CPOE) for more than 60% of medication, lab and radiology orders (an increase from 30% in Stage 1)
  2. Giving more than 50% of patients online access to their health data, with some data withheld based on the doctor’s discretion (replaces a Stage 1 requirement to give patients an electronic copy of their data), and
  3. Providing a summary of care record for 65% of referrals and transitions of care (replaces a Stage 1 objective requiring the ability to exchange health information).

The 450-page document outlining the proposal is available for download here. The public will have 60 days to submit comments on the proposed rules.

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