HHS Starts Talks on 2013 Measures for Second Stage of Meaningful Use

Although healthcare providers are just starting to take on the challenge of meeting the 2011 first stage requirements of the meaningful use incentive program, the Department of Health & Human Services has already started talks over second stage measures of the incentive program, according to a Government Health IT report.

The Health IT Policy Committee is aiming to have recommendations for the 2013 second stage meaningful use criteria by April, which is a challenge considering not much will be known about the experiences of healthcare providers meeting stage one requirements. The committee hopes the April deadline will give vendors of healthcare information technology enough time to build upon their electronic health record systems.

A meaningful use work group will be holding informational hearings and issuing requests for comments later this year to hear healthcare providers' feedback about the direction and timetable for the 2013 second stage meaningful use criteria. Another quality work group will discuss more robust clinical quality measures for the second stage measures.

Read the Government Health IT report about the plans for 2013 measures for second stage of meaningful use.

Read more coverage about the meaningful use incentive program:

- Four More States to Receive Federal Matching Funds for Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs

- HHS to Distribute $20M in Technical Support to Rural Hospitals, Critical Access Facilities

- Survey Suggests CIOs "Cautiously Optimistic" About Qualifying for Stimulus Funds Under HITECH Act

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