Will be quiet here at Chilmark Research as I take a break to be with family in the western offices of Chilmark Research. Though I’ll be skiing as much as conceivably possible, in the early mornings before the lifts open or evenings, if I have any energy left, I’ll check the news, various sites keeping tabs on the impending release of the meaningful use rules that will define the process for EHR adoption under ARRA. Doubt if I’ll have any energy to extend myself beyond that critical issue.
Speaking of which, CMS submitted its meaningful use rules for regulatory review on Christmas Eve. Titled EHR Incentives Program (CMS-0033-P), we can expect final rules released for public review and comment in very near future. Incentive payment schedule: hospitals may begin receiving reimbursement payments by 10/01/2010. For physician practices, reimbursement payments begin on 01/01/11. Of course, reimbursement is dependent on demonstration of meaningful use of a certified EHR and we still do not know what “certified EHR” is. Long road ahead folks – we’ll do our best to provide clarity as it evolves.
Next week, I’ll return to a more normal state of research and writing or this site.
Until then, may all enjoy the time they spend with their family over these holidays and wishing god health to you and yours for the New Year.