Board of Registration in Medicine Gives Final Approval to EHR Proficiency Regulations; New Rules Effective Jan. 2

 

The Board of Registration in Medicine today gave its final approval to new regulations, strongly supported by the MMS, interpreting that law in a way that allows physicians many options in how they demonstrate proficiency in the use of electronic medical records.

The new regulations will go into effect January 2, 2015, but all physicians renewing their licenses before March 31, 2015 will receive a one-time waiver from the requirements.

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In addition, physicians with renewal dates up to 60 days after March 31 could submit a renewal application prior to March 31, and be within the window for an automatic waiver.

The regulations establish multiple ways in which physicians would be in compliance with the requirement. There are also a broad set of exemptions for certain license categories, where electronic health record use is intrinsic or not relevant.   Read full details of  state’s new EHR proficiency requirement and exemptions here.

Today’s action successfully culminates a two-year effort to work with the Board to interpret the state legislature’s 2012 law connecting federal Meaningful Use and a Massachusetts medical license in a way that did not disenfranchise thousands of physicians.

“The Massachusetts Medical Society believes that electronic health records have enormous potential for patient care, and the Society’s extensive policy on EMRs declares support for them and a desire to work toward improving them,” said MMS President Richard Pieters, MD.  We are grateful that the Board of Registration in Medicine has taken a reasonable approach on this issue, exhibiting utmost concerns for patient safety and access to care.”

 

–Erica Noonan

  1. […] In a blog post, Massachusetts Medical Society President Richard Pieters, said his organization “believes that [EHRs] have enormous potential for patient care.” He added, “We are grateful that the Board of Registration in Medicine has taken a reasonable approach on this issue” (EHR Intelligence, 12/23). […]