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Meaningful use

February 24, 2011  11:35 AM

Permanent EHR Certification Program, Now Final

Posted by: Pabrai
EHR, HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has finalized the permanent EHR certification program for the Meaningful Use (MU) incentive program. This was published in January 7 in the Federal Register. The program is effective January 1, 2012. The temporary certification program...

September 1, 2010  3:34 PM

Meaningful Use – About Measurements for Objectives

Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

In Stage 1, HHS chose to reduce the requirements related to measurement thresholds defined for objectives. Many measures that required performance levels of 80% were reduced to 50% or lower in the final rule. For example, in the proposed rule the objective for recording and charting vital signs was...

August 30, 2010  11:48 AM

Meaningful Use Criteria – Stages and Timelines

Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

As in the proposed rule, the final rule for meaningful use retains a phased approach. The phases are referred to as stages. Three stages have been identified - Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. In the proposed rule it was HHS intent for all program participants to be at Stage 3 in 2015 - regardless...

August 23, 2010  11:51 AM

Understanding Meaningful Use EHR Objectives

Posted by: Pabrai
EHR, HITECH, Meaningful use

The objectives defined in the proposed rule for meaningful use were offered with more flexibility and choice in the final rule on the meaningful use EHR incentive program published on July 28, 2010. The rule is effective September 26, 2010. The objectives in the final rule are designed...

July 9, 2010  12:11 PM

More About Meaningful Use & Compliance

Posted by: Pabrai
CMS, Compliance, HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

The consequence of not complying with HIPAA and HITECH has implications related to Meaningful Use. CMS will withhold meaningful use payment for any entity until any confirmed HIPAA privacy or security...

July 6, 2010  9:22 AM

Understanding HITECH’s Meaningful Use

Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) introduced rules to implement provisions of ARRA to provide incentive payments for the meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. Meaningfull use has an impact on HIPAA and HITECH mandates - as we will review at the...

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