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Regulations: CMS publishes EHR proposed rule, HHS publishes HIT standards, and more

Medicare Update for Physician Services, April 5, 2012

CMS publishes EHR Incentive Program—Stage 2 proposed rule

On March 7, CMS published the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs Stage 2 requirements proposed rule in the Federal Register. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will consist of three different stages of meaningful use requirements, with each stage requiring increasing use of EHRs and electronic information exchange. 

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HHS publishes health information technology standards

On March 7, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed new and revised certification criteria would establish the technical capabilities and specify the related standards and implementation specifications that Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology would need to include to, at a minimum, support the achievement of meaningful use by eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. 

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CMS revises DMEPOS supplier safeguards

On March 14, CMs published a final rule in the Federal Register that removes the definition of “direct solicitation” and allows durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers, including DMEPOS competitive bidding program contract suppliers, to contract with licensed agents to provide DMEPOS, unless prohibited by state law. It also removes the requirement for compliance with local zoning laws and modifies certain state licensure requirement exceptions.  

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HHS proposes amendments to preventive services regulations to accommodate religious organizations

On March 21, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would establish alternative ways to fulfill preventive services requirements when health coverage is sponsored or arranged by a religious organization that objects to the coverage of contraceptive services for religious reasons and that is not exempt under the final regulations published February 15, 2012. This document serves as a request for comments in advance of proposed rulemaking on the potential means of accommodating such organizations while ensuring contraceptive coverage for plan participants and beneficiaries is covered under their plans without cost sharing. 

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