Health Information Management

The meaning of meaningful use and its future

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 29, 2009

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Nothing is concrete, but the fog surrounding meaningful use—its eventual definition, requirements, and timetable—is beginning to clear for stakeholders, including privacy and security officers.

In mid-July, the HHS Health IT Policy Committee approved a work group’s revised recommendations for defining the meaningful use of EHRs. This is one step toward a federal Medicare and Medicaid program in which incentives require physicians’ and hospitals’ financial commitment.

HHS will review the recommendations and release a proposed rule by the end of the year. The content of the proposed rule remains uncertain, but privacy and security officials should prepare to strengthen their policies. Violations may have a direct effect on EHR incentives and reimbursement.

For more information about meaningful use, or to purchase a copy of this article for $10, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPAA have access to this article in the September issue of the newsletter.



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