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Jul 14 2010   10:51PM GMT

Part 1 of final Meaningful Use Analysis

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

Hospital/CAH Only)

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:

Part 1 of core set measures

Part 1 of core set measures

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