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Feds propose new Stage 2 Meaningful Use quality measures

A month after releasing proposed rules for meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements to qualify for federal EHR incentives, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the full set of clinical quality measures providers may choose from. 

For providers, the list includes a total of 125 measures divided into six domains: patient and family engagement, patient safety, care coordination, population and public health, effective use of healthcare resources, and clinical effectiveness.

Providers enrolled in the EHR incentive programs must meet at least 12 of those measures, including at least one from each domain.

Hospitals must meet 24 of 49 measures, including at least one from each domain.

Providers and hospitals must meet the clinical quality measures in order to satisfy one of the “core objectives” in the initial Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposal. In total, the meaningful use rules will require providers to meet 17 core objectives and choose three out of five menu items. Hospitals will need to meet 16 core objectives and two out of four menu items.

Visit the CMS’s website for more information on the proposed clinical quality measures. Read our earlier post to learn more about the proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.

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