First draft at redefining "meaningful use" is attempted

Accreditation Connection, June 22, 2009

Last week, the Health Information Technology Policy Committee attempted a first draft of the standard definition for "meaningful use," which would help determine if providers will receive Medicare incentive payments for utilizing electronic health record technology, according to Fierce Healthcare.

Between 2011 and 2015, the committee wants the requirements for meaningful use to become more complex and be more "tiered." In addition to this, penalties will be handed out for not complying with the standards after 2015. According to Anthony Trenkle, director of the CMS's office of e-Health Standards and Services, each year, regardless of what year it was of utilizing the EHR technology, the provider would be held accountable.

Other healthcare societies, such as Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society have attempted to develop their own definition of "meaningful use" and others are expected to try the same. The final definition is not due to be in affect until 2010, but no matter, CMS's definition will be the only one that actually matters.

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