Posted by: RedaChouffani
After over 2,000 public comments received on the initially proposed meaningful use ruling released back in January of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services delivered the final regulations that will govern the initial 2 years of the Medicare/Medicaid incentive program during 2011/2012.
This ruling and the recently released certification criteria represent the final pieces that eligible professionals needed to follow in order to receive the 44,000 to 63,750 incentives from Medicare/Medicaid incentive programs.
A press release and comments made by Blumenthal clearly indicated that the final ruling reduced significantly the number of requirements. This was welcomed by many vendors, physicians and health organizations.
As part of the first stage in meaningful use there are 15 objectives for eligible professionals (EPs) and 14 for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. Some of the core measures are as follows:
– Implement drug to drug and drug allergy interaction checks
– E-Prescribing (EP only)
– Record demographics
– Maintain an up-to-date problem list
– Maintain active medication list
– Maintain active medication allergy list
– Record and chart changes in vital signs
– Record smoking status
– Implement one clinical decision support rule
– Report CQM as specified by the Secretary
– Electronically exchange key clinical information
– Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information
– Provide patients with an electronic copy of their discharge instructions (Eligible
– Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit (EP Only)
– Protect electronic health information created or maintained by certified HER
The following table is part 1 of a series of the analysis of each measure: