Final Rule Analysis – EMR

Here’s my analysis of the key changes in the Final Rule: As we have recently stated,  HHS has adopted the HIT Policy Committee recommendation to frame Meaningful Use as core requirements and discretionary requirements. In so doing, they have reduced the total number of requirements and introduced choice.  There is still much to learn and …

Are There EMR Incentives Outside of Medicare and Medicaid?

  The short answer (at least for now) is not really. The ARRA EHR stimulus money is provided through Medicare and Medicaid programs as “bonuses” for those who show “meaningful use”  of a “certified EHR.” With that said, there are some grants available for special situations. For example, they have a beacon communities program which …

Meaningful Use

At a news conference on Tuesday, where speakers included HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, new CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin it was announced that the $27.3 BILLION will now be a bit easier to gain access to for both providers as well as hospitals …

Meaningful use

A recent report, (Ready or Not: On the road to the meaningful use of EHRs and health IT,) indicated 80% of hospital CIOs are concerned or very concerned about meeting and adhering to the recently released meaningful use criteria. Meaningful use standards must be met to trigger release of incentive funds provided by the government …