On Tuesday July 13 the Department of Health and Human Services released its much anticipated definition of “Meaningful Use” and set standards for electronic health record incentives.
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The programs begin in 2011. These incentive programs are designed to support providers in this period of Health IT transition and instill the use of EHRs in meaningful ways to help our nation to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient health care.
The 864 page definition document will take us a few days to interpret, but at first glance it appears the government has softened expectations from the original draft. Providers who have not adopted CPOE will breathe a collective sigh of relief, as physicians can rely on transcribers to enter orders and still comply with CPOE requirements.
As we review this document in detail we will keep you updated on any information we believe is important, and please share your thoughts and ideas with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.