Moving Ahead: Call for Comments on E-Referrals Due Jan 14, 2013
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
In yesterday’s Federal Register, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC )
for Health Information Technology published a call for comments on its draft
recommendations for the Stage 3 definition of meaningful use of electronic
health records. The request for comment is comprised of three sections: 1) meaningful use objectives and
measures; 2) quality measures; and 3) privacy and security. All
public comments on ONC’s draft recommendations must be submitted before midnight (Eastern time) on January 14,
NAQC plans to submit comments regarding electronic referral for quitlines. We
will distribute NAQC’s draft comments to members and partners before Christmas.
We encourage all members and partners to review our comments, provide feedback
to us and submit your own individual comments to ONC as well.
Please help us get the
word out on this -- It is critically important for ONC to hear about E-referral
from as many public health organizations as possible!
Call for Comments Link: http://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/hitpc_stage3_rfc_final.pdf
NAQC’s Draft Comments:
Will be distributed before Christmas
Due Date for Comments: On
or before midnight, Eastern time, January 14, 2013
Important note: All
comments must be submitted electronically (see link below)
Submission Link: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=HHS-OS-2012-0007
NEXT STEPS FOR ONC
After review of all comments, ONC’s Health Information Technology Policy
Committee will convene a public meeting in the first quarter of 2013. A final
rule will be published later in the year.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS
- On December 14 from Noon to
1:15 pm Eastern time, Drs. Farzad Mostashari (ONC) and Michael Fiore
(University of Wisconsin) will present a webinar on "Meaningful Use and
Tobacco Cessation: What You Need to Know.” You can register here.
- A summary of NAQC’s November
webinar on E-referral is now available here.
Linda A. Bailey, JD, MHS
President and CEO
North American Quitline Consortium