On July 6, 2010 the CMS rules on incentive payments for the meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) rules for adoption of an initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and criteria for certification of EHR technology were sent to the Office of Management and Budget. The OMB review is required before the rules can be published.
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While new changes in the meaningful use standard are possible, which could discourage providers in the short term, the federal government says it is taking the long term view:
My view is that electronic collection, storage, management and use of information is an inevitability in the 21st century, and that the federal government is trying to speed up the inevitable. This is a fairly calculated investment by the Congress not in adoption, but in a level of use that brings benefit. We shouldn’t spend the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars for results that don’t meet the Congress’ standard, and that standard is meaningful use…