Committees to Discuss EHR Rules

Advisory bodies to consider modifications
Committees to Discuss EHR Rules
Two federal advisory committees will meet later in February to consider whether to recommend modifying two proposed electronic health record rules that affect healthcare information security.

The HIT Policy Committee and the HIT Standards Committee will hear comments from their various workgroups and the public on the "meaningful use" rule that sets standards and guidelines for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records incentive program under the HITECH Act. They'll also review comments on the proposed rule on certification standards for EHR software eligible for the incentive program.

The meaningful use rule requires EHR users to conduct a risk assessment. The EHR certification rule requires records software vendors to offer encryption.

The policy committee will meet Feb. 17 in Washington; the standards committee will meet Feb. 24. Both committees advise the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To learn how to submit testimony in writing or in person, visit The meetings also will be accessible on the site.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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