Meaningful Use Stage 3 Recommendations to Be Released for Public Comment

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information's HIT Policy Committee is seeking public comment on proposed recommendations for stage 3 of the meaningful use objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, according to a FierceEMR report.

The proposed recommendations were revealed at the committee's Nov. 7 meeting. The stage 3 recommendations are expected to go into effect in 2016.

According to the report, some of the provisions new to stage 3 include offering patients the capability to submit patient-generated information and to request amendments to their records online, requiring electronic health records to receive, generate or access appropriate immunization recommendations and requiring EHRs to be able to query other entities for outside records. During the committee meeting, members expressed that stage 3 is the time to transition form a setting-specific focus to a collaborative, patient- and family-centric approach to healthcare, according to the report.

The recommendations will be published in the Federal Register later this month, according to the report. Public comments will be accepted for 45 days after that date.

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