Meaningful Use

 
The original, 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act legislation that created the $27 billion incentive program for meaningful use of EHRs made bonus payments contingent upon using "certified" EHR technology.
February 15, 2014
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Economics may provide a disincentive for some physicians and other individual eligible providers to continue with meaningful use in 2013 and beyond.
February 15, 2014
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Stage 2 of the federal electronic health records incentive program known as meaningful use is underway for providers that first reached Stage 1 in 2011.
February 15, 2014
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As our cover story this month points out, the course to achieving meaningful use Stage 2 could be rocky, fraught with big and small stumbling blocks.
February 15, 2014
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Since its founding in 2004, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has been referred to most often by its shorthand: CCHIT. That acronym is now more important than ever, since the organization is no longer in the EHR certification business.
February 15, 2014
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There are some folks in healthcare who don't hold the federal government’s $27 billion EHR Incentive Program in very high regard. Patrick Soon-Shiong is one of those people.
February 15, 2014
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The Stage 2 numbers for eligible professionals are, some might say, a little bit scary. Most office-based physicians are not in line to demonstrate meaningful use Stage 2 in 2014. In fact, many are not even close.
February 15, 2014
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In efforts to guarantee patient access to their lab tests, the nation's largest pharmacies are now promising to adopt the Blue Button personal health record.
February 13, 2014
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Kaiser Permanente and the Veterans Health Administration have partnered to research and share best practices in four areas of healthcare: connected health and virtual care, genomics, the care of veterans who are also Kaiser members and analytics.
February 10, 2014
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The ONC's Meaningful Use Workgroup will submit draft recommendations for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program on Feb. 14. So far, the workgroup has developed a number of ideas that have consensus, but clinical quality measures may not be as easy to include in digital systems as previously thought.
February 10, 2014
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CMS is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2013 reporting year from 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, 2014, to 11:59 p.m. EST March 31, 2014.
February 10, 2014
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The former chief financial officer of a Texas hospital was recently indicted for wrongly claiming nearly $1 million in federal electronic health record incentives.
February 10, 2014
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Our approach has been to leverage the modularity of Meaningful Use Stage 2 to divide up the work among vendors, the State government, and our own developers.
September 17, 2013
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What I find stifling is the pace at which meaningful use is proceeding. When you put an entire industry under the MU pressure cooker, the need to meet federal mandates overwhelms anything else.
September 10, 2013
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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, I've thought about the months ahead and the major challenges I'll face.
September 5, 2013
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In the Boston marketplace, Partners Healthcare is is replacing 30 years of self developed software with Epic. Boston Medical Center is replacing Eclipsys (Allscripts) with Epic.
July 30, 2013
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“Accountable” is one of the most popular buzzwords in healthcare today. Whether an organization is striving to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or pursuing a less formal approach to delivering necessary, efficient and effective care, the term frequently comes up in today’s organizational strategy discussions.
July 15, 2013
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Anyone familiar with one of my favorite TV shows, MythBusters, has probably heard the expression "Failure is always an option." Co-host Adam Savage indicates that the principal behind this is that you learn from what you are doing, whether or not you succeed.
June 28, 2013
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There has been some buzz lately about how interoperability is a non-issue. I beg to differ. With increasing pressure from federal initiatives like Meaningful Use Stage 2, there is growing need for information exchange across the industry.
June 13, 2013
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Last week I spent a half day in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I was joined by at least 50 others, including patients, health IT vendors, healthcare providers, and quite a number of federal agency staffers, as we talked about the next steps for providing patients with access to their data.
June 11, 2013
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Yesterday I led the Clinical IT Governance meeting at BIDMC and I thought it would be interesting for my readers to get an inside look of the kind of topics we're discussing and how we're implementing our most challenging projects.
May 29, 2013
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ONC/CMS provides strong oversight of the meaningful use program by continuousy reexamining the quality of certified products and auditing hospitals and practices that have attested to meaningful use.
May 1, 2013
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In June, BIDMC goes live with Electronic Medication Administration Records (EMAR) on one ward to be followed by 3 other wards, ensuring we meet our 10% Meaningful Use Stage 2 target by the reporting period October 1-December 31, 2013.
April 24, 2013
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Healthcare organizations around the country have been working diligently to implement electronic health record technology and attest for meaningful use -- the federal government’s standards that allow eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments if they meet specific criteria.
April 2, 2013
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