A favorite topic of this blog has been Meaningful Use and it will likely continue to be a popular topic well into the future. As such, we’re all sitting around waiting to hear the word from CMS on the final rule for Meaningful Use. Doctors are waiting for it so they can select an EMR or modify their current EMR to meet the guidelines. EMR vendors are waiting for it so they can say that their EMR software can meet the meaningful use guidelines. RECs are waiting for it so that they can help doctors reach meaningful use. We’re all just waiting to see what’s going to come out.
Fierce EMR reported that the Meaningful Use final rule will be published by July 14th. Here’s a couple quotes from that report:
FierceEMR spoke with a CMS official directly involved in writing and publishing the final regulation, and she assures us that although there’s no “official” publication date (CMS missed its own self-imposed June 30 deadline), “I would be very surprised if it’s published any later than July 14.”
Not a very firm commitment to July 14th, but it should be around that date I imagine.
“We hoped to have it out by the end of June, but it’s looking more like mid-July,” the official told us this week. “There are so many moving parts and so many people are involved. This is a long regulation.” No doubt! The proposed rule was thicker than many novels. We expect nothing less from the final reg.
That wasn’t quite the novel I was hoping to read this summer, but it will be nice to have something final.
All of this said, we may be waiting for nothing. First, because I don’t think that we’ll see any real meaningful changes to the regulation. Plus, I think the regulation will still be missing much of the meat and potatoes that will be involved in managing that regulation. There will still be a lot of practical details needed and interpretation of the regulation to be done. At least if it’s the government process that I know.