CMS Rule Coverage from the CEO

Don Balasa

On August 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The CMS decided that credentialed medical assistants--including CMAs (AAMA)--in addition to "licensed health care professionals" would be permitted to enter medication, laboratory, and diagnostic imaging orders into the computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system. The CMS rules for Stages 1 and 2 of the Incentive Programs are final, and proposed rules for Stage 3 were issued by CMS on March 20, 2015. 

Stay abreast of recent developments, and their implications for medical assistants, with materials from AAMA CEO and Legal Counsel Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA.


Addressing Recent Concerns About Order Entry
(Published in Legal Eye: On Medical Assisting)

Who Can Enter Order for Meaningful Use? An Evolving Challenge for Practice Managers
(Published in the July/August 2015 issue of The Journal of Medical Practice Management)

CMS EHR Rule Benefits Physicians
(Published in the Winter 2014 issue of Cornhusker Family Physician)

For additional videos and supplemental presentations, see the Videos page.

Legal Eye on Medical Assisting

Press Release

Single-Page Flyer

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EHR Incentive Programs
AAMA comments on the CMS Stage 3 proposed rule
(September/October 2015)
Also available as a PDF

Proposed CMS rule is favorable for CMAs (AAMA)
(May/June 2015)
Also available as a PDF

The CMS order entry rule
What educators need to know
(March/April 2015)
Also available as a PDF

How medical assistants can meet the CMS meaningful use requirements
(November/December 2014)
Also available as a PDF

CMS audits and credentialing issues for order entry
(May/June 2014)
Also available as a PDF

CMS official affirms AAMA positions on meaningful use
(November/December 2013)
Also available as a PDF

FAQs about the CMS Rule for Meaningful Use Order Entry
(July/August 2013)

AAMA Triumphs in CMS Order Entry Rule
CE test available on the e-Learning Center
(November/December 2012)

AAMA Comments on the Proposed CMS Rule 
(May/June 2012)