SDW news brief: Meaningful use shows progress, according to CMS

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 25, 2012

Nearly half of the 20,000 eligible professionals and 81% of eligible hospitals are registered for electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments, according to estimates from officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Approximately $7.7 billion in Meaningful Use incentive payments has been paid as of September 2012. CMS officials point to enrollment numbers and incentive payments as a sign of progress.

CMS found that Medicare providers who have used EHRs for 90 days tend to integrate EHRs into their workflows, using them for every patient. The most common EHR menu objectives chosen for attestation by eligible providers are immunization registry, drug formulary, and patient lists, while eligible hospitals often chose advance directives, drug formulary, and clinical lab results. Transitions of care are among the least popular menu objectives for both groups.

Source: Government Health IT

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