The Health IT Policy Committee is seeking comments on potential Stage 2 objectives from the public on a draft document of preliminary recommendations it has developed. The Policy Committee will consider all of these comments in forming the Stage 2 meaningful use recommendations it presents this summer to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
The period for request for comments will be 45 days, beginning late next week To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., EST, on February 25, 2011.
Following analysis of the comments received through the approximately 45-day public comment period, the HITPC intends to revisit these recommendations in its public meetings in the spring of 2011. At that time, the HITPC will be able to review public comments in the context of the early feedback from providers on experience with stage 1 MU. That input will come through many vehicles: the Medicare program, the Medicaid program (both federal and state constituencies), the HIT regional extension program, and other sources. Note, this RFC solely represents the preliminary thinking of the HITPC and its Meaningful Use.