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Volume 3, Number 2, March/April 2015

Stage 3 meaningful use on the horizon

Stage 3 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) meaningful use program may still be on the distant horizon, but its shape is coming into focus as controversy around stage 2 starts to ease. With stage 3 not expected to launch until 2017, the most the health IT industry knows at this point is 12 pages of recommendations from the federal Health IT Policy Committee's meaningful use workgroup. Those nascent measures fixate on improving and gauging medical outcomes, as well as population health, decision support and patient engagement -- the longstanding goals of stage 3 meaningful use as set forth in the original program in 2009. But underlying the recommendations -- which will form the backbone of proposed stage 3 rules anticipated soon -- is the concept of value-based reimbursement that HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced in January, said Paul Tang, M.D., vice chairman of the workgroup and vice president and chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Under the new federal ...

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