Health Information Management

Meaningful use criteria coming in 2011

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 22, 2009

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The federal government will phase in meaningful use criteria for EHRs in three major periods, starting with a basic level in 2011, said David Hunt, MD, chief medical officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Hunt spoke during Health Data Management’s Health IT Stimulus Summit in Boston on September 17.

The initial criteria for meaningful use of EHR systems will determine who will receive Medicare and Medicaid incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Tougher criteria will come in 2013, which Hunt called a period of “process,” and 2015, which he called a period of “outcomes.”

According to Health Data Management, Hunt gave an idea of what to expect in a proposed rule governing meaningful use incentives and certification of EHRs, which CMS plans on publishing in December.



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