Health Information Management

Meaningful use first draft could guide final definition

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 22, 2009

The Health Information Technology Policy Committee has emphasized that  the “meaningful use’ definitions recommended by a study committee last week are merely a non-binding "first step" in a complex winnowing process.

The end result could be quite different when CMS issues a proposed rule change for a 60-day public comment period at the end of 2009.

David Blumenthal, MD, HHS' national coordinator for health information technology, did not dismiss the possibility that components of the first draft definition of meaningful use would remain in the final rule to be phased in from 2011 to 2015.

"It's going to be up to your readers to decide what they can read into the discussions that occurred today and what they can't," Blumenthal told HealthLeaders Media after the study committee’s three-hour meeting Tuesday. "I suspect that as this discussion proceeds, certain themes will recur,” he said. “I've certainly said publicly that we are very intent on using the meaningful use authority and the high-tech legislation to lay the ground work for improved health system performance."

Read the full article by John Commins of HealthLeaders Media.


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