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Officials Preparing Adjustments to 'Meaningful Use' Final Rule PDF Print E-mail
Written by : Source from ihealthbeat   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 18:46
CMS soon will release modifications for certain provisions in the final rule for Stage 1 of the "meaningful use" incentive program, Government Health IT reports.

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for incentive payments through Medicaid and Medicare.

Tony Trenkle -- director of the Office of e-Health Standards and Services at CMS -- said the adjustments to the meaningful use criteria currently are undergoing a federal clearance process, which is the final step before publication. Trenkle spoke on Wednesday during a Health IT Policy Committee meeting.

Trenkle added that CMS also will release guidance for health care providers on how to meet quality measures in the incentive program.

Discussion of Stages 2, 3

During the meeting, the Policy Committee also considered what incentive requirements to include in the next stages of the meaningful use program.

Committee members discussed whether Stage 2 meaningful use requirements -- which are expected to go into effect in 2013 -- should be incrementally built on requirements from Stage 1, or if there should be a set of larger steps framed around measuring and improving patient outcomes.

Paul Tang -- chair of the meaningful use work group and chief medical information officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation -- said the committee would prefer to establish the Stage 3 goals for 2015 first and then backtrack to form Stage 2 requirements.

Committee member Latanya Sweeney -- director of the data privacy lab at Carnegie Mellon University -- said future meaningful use criteria should incorporate privacy regulations (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 10/20).

National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal said that the rollout of Stage 1 of the meaningful use criteria "was very rushed" (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 10/21). He added that the next stages should focus on infrastructure and interoperability.

Time Frame

Tang said that the meaningful use work group aims to have draft requirements for Stages 2 and 3 by Nov. 19, adding that it will revise the draft after taking comments from the full Policy Committee.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 November 2010 15:22
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Meaningful Use Objectives: Eligible Professionals, Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Healthcare IT News Staff   
Friday, 15 October 2010 17:54

Core objectives comprise basic functions that enable EHRs to support improved health care. As a start, these include the tasks essential to creating any medical record, including the entry of basic data: patients’ vital signs and demographics, active medications and allergies, up-to-date problem lists of current and active diagnoses, and smoking status.

Objective: Record patient demographics (sex, race, ethnicity, date of birth, preferred language, and in the case of hospitals, date and preliminary cause of death in the the event of mortality)

Measure: More than 50 percent of patients' demographic data recorded as structured data.

Objective: Record vital signs and chart changes (height, weight, blood pressure, body mass index, growth charts for children)

Measure: More than 50 percent of patients two years of age or older have height, weight and blood pressure recorded as structured data

Objective: Maintain up-to-date problem list of current and active diagnoses

Measure: More than 80 percent of patients have at least one entry as structured data

Objective: Maintain active medication allergy list

Measure: More than 80 percent of patients have at least one entry recorded as structured data.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 05:56
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