Hopefully, we will see it before the end of the year. As soon as the rule is published I will post it here for your holiday reading. Check back here for updates...
Generally speaking, for purposes of meaningful use, an "eligible professional" is defined in the following ways:
A physician as defined in section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act*, which includes the following five types of professionals:
- Doctor of medicine or osteopathy
- Doctor of dental surgery or medicine
- Doctor of podiatric medicine
- Doctor of optometry
- Certified nurse-midwives
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants who are practicing in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) led by a physician assistant
These are the documents we have so far on meaningful use from the various sources at the ONC and CMS:
- In June 2009, ONC staff identified a subset of providers eligible for incentive payments who were likely to have different needs of their EHRs than primary care providers (e.g., specialists and non-physician providers). ONC convened brief calls with representatives from these provider groups to promote a better understanding of how EHRs and meaningful use would impact their work.
- August 14, 2009 meeting
- July 16, 2009 meeting
- Summary of Public Comments Received on Draft Meaningful Use Matrix Developed by Meaningful Use Workgroup of Health IT Policy Committee (June 2009)