The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued the final guidelines that will determine how doctors, hospitals and other medical care facilities can qualify for reimbursements by rolling out electronic medical records (EMRs) over the next four years.
Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said the final "meaningful use" rules offer greater flexibility to physicians and hospitals than the initial guideliness first proposed earlier this year.
The new rules were finalized after a three-month public comment period during which more than 2,000 recommendations were received by HHS on its preliminary "notice of proposed rule making" effort. The final document is 864 pages long.
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