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CMS to Publish “Meaningful Use” Final Rule by July 14

According to a report on FierceEMR.com, the CMS has announced that by July 14 it will release its final ruling on the EMR “meaningful use” standards which will finally spell out just how healthcare providers can become eligible for the HITECH (Healthcare Information for Electronic and Clinical Health) Act financial incentive payments.

In addition, it will presumably unveil its plan for aligning its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) with the EMR financial incentives program.

“We propose to include many ARRA core clinical quality measures in the PQRI program, to demonstrate meaningful use of EHR and quality of care furnished to individuals,” CMS states in an advanced copy of the proposed reg, CMIO magazine reports. “We propose the selection of these measures to meet the requirements of planning the integration of PQRI and EHR reporting.”

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