Health Information Management

AHA calls for elongated timeline to ensure meaningful use

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 7, 2009

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) says hospitals need more time to implement EHRs and prove meaningful use to qualify for the more than $17 billion in federal incentive funds, according to a June 26 letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT).

The AHA specifically cites the 2011 deadline for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) as unrealistic, stating a 2015 is more manageable.

In addition, the AHA suggests changes to ONCHIT’s proposed definition of meaningful use regarding requirements for 2011 and 2013 to make the goals more attainable for hospitals across the country. The association stated the definition should not require hospitals to share or exchange clinical data or report quality measures unless the government has standards in place to support those activities.



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