The “meaningful use” final rule offers some flexibility, and physicians now can defer up to five EMR objectives in the first two years and still qualify for Medicare or Medicaid financial incentives. The final CMS rule divides the initial 25 meaningful use objectives into two categories: a core group of 15 objectives that physicians and hospitals must meet, and a “menu set” of 10 procedures from which they can choose any five to defer in 2011-12, the first round of the incentive program. CMS also softened some requirements to make them easier to achieve. Read more about “meaningful use” in this informative article from the American Medical News.
You may also be interested in reading more about the “Meaningful Use” Regulation for Electronic Health Records from the New England Journal of Medicine.
PatientNOW is offering its customers a financial guarantee tied directly to the attainment of meaningful use stimulus funds being provided by the HITECH Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. PatientNOW guarantees that PatientNOW Medical Records Suite™ will meet ONC Certification criteria and allow you meet meaningful use criteria as designated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in ONC’s temporary and permanent meaningful use certification regulations currently pending a final rule.
Eligible professionals who utilize Medical Records Suite™ toward Meaningful Use certification, but do not achieve funding because of a failure of Medical Records Suite™ to meet Meaningful Use certification criteria, will be compensated equal to the amount of lost stimulus funds that would have been paid during the Medical Records Suite™ compliance failure.
Health and Human Services Department’s meaningful use group is readjusting the bar. According to George Hripcsak, MD, the co-chair of the HHS group, indicated that providers would still need to meet 80 percent of the requirements.
Areas being considered are patient engagement, care coordination, and public heath. Privacy and security will stay the same.
Read the full article here: Panel proposes reducing meaningful use measures
As John points out in his post called “All I Want for Christmas is ARRA EHR Stimulus Answers“, we are all waiting for those answers from the US Government on the EMR certification process.
Who wants to place those bets on when something will be announced? My thoughts are that something will be announced either Tuesday, December 22nd or Wednesday, December 30th. Please don’t sit at your computer and hit your refresh button every 10 seconds waiting for an update on those days. Whatever is posted will not kick-in until the beginning of 2010 anyway.
Once that announcement is made, the details will be sung across the land like the Whos in Whoville did on Christmas morning. I can already hear the tune…Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze!
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