HIPAA Regulatory Alert

Meaningful use FAQs added by Medicare

Eleven new questions and updated answers to other questions about the Meaningful Use Incentive Program can be found on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) web site.

The new FAQs clarify the term "reasonable cost" for critical access hospitals and whether eligible professionals and eligible hospitals must demonstrate meaningful use in the exact way that electronic health records technology was tested and certified.

To access the FAQs, go to www.cms.gov. Choose "Regulations and Guidance," then under the "Legislation" heading, select "EHR Incentive Programs." Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Under "Related links inside CMS," select "Frequently Asked Questions."