Just submitted your Meaningful Use numbers for 2014? It’s time to start thinking about Meaningful Use 3 already 

On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Meaningful Use Stage 3, under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The rule outlines what will be expected of providers under Stage 3.

Additionally, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) released a separate NPRM (2015 Edition certification criteria) with a detailed set of requirements for certified EHR technology that will be necessary to support providers in meeting Stage 3 Meaningful Use.

What do the proposed rules mean for you?

As anticipated, the proposed rules focus heavily on interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). The CMS proposal also makes strides toward simplifying the EHR Incentive Programs and introduces some flexibility for providers.

While the proposed rules do reduce the number of MU objectives to which providers must attest from 20 to eight, for several objectives CMS has bundled a number of previous requirements into a single objective. The proposed rules also require additional workflow changes for providers and development for vendors. As proposed, Stage 3 would include increased requirements for patient engagement, more required interfaces, and increased thresholds. We encourage you to read the rule and provide feedback to CMS, either individually or through your medical or specialty society. NextGen Healthcare will be submitting feedback to highlight any concerns or suggestions for improving these rules for both providers and software vendors.

Kick start your learning 

Keep an eye out for announcements from NextGen Healthcare in the coming days regarding upcoming webinars and other information on the proposed Stage 3 rules.

In the meantime, you can review the press release and fact sheet from HHS for more information on the proposed Stage 3 rules and 2015 Edition certification criteria.