As you may have heard - even the AAP has announced the news - the Final Draft of the Meaningful Use Final Rule has been issued by CMS. There are already dozens of analyses of the results posted on-line (how some of these folks read 860+ pages in a matter of hours is beyond me), but remarkably little as it relates to pediatricians. As you know, MU and the ARRA money are really aimed at the 95% market share, namely physicians who take Medicare.
Before I give you some of the best pediatric-focused analysis of the new rules, I will give you the second best. histalk2.com has both the original announcement as well as an amazing comparison of the Prelim and Final rules. The comments for the original announcement are particularly important to read.
The best analysis, especially for pediatricians, comes from within PCC, of course. I assume she is going to share some of this on pedsource.com in general once she has looked over everything, but our own Erica Greenwood sent me a list of pediatric-focused items that I thought were worth sharing in advance of a more formal, official reading. So, approach these carefully - and any misinterpretation here is my own and not hers - but some highlights include:
Erica spotted many other changes, some of which haven't been picked up by any of the other places I've read, but the two items above are of particular interest to pediatricians. Unfortunately, the "20% Medicaid" bar has not been lowered, so our estimate that only 31% of private pediatric practices qualify remains unchallenged. You can see more of PCC's running ARRA/CCHIT/MU content here.