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Understanding CMS EHR Meaningful Use: Moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2

Monday, September 17, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joy Ingram
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Adele Allison, National Director of Government Affairs, SuccessEHS

The HITECH portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) establishes the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

  • The program rewards and accelerates adoption of interoperable certified electronic health record technology
  • Eligible Professionals can receive incentives for timely adoption; penalties under Medicare for non-adoption
  • Each provider must meet the requirements contained herein individually and annually
  • Stage 1 Final Rule was released on July 14, 2010
  • Stage 2 Final Rule was released on Aug.23, 2012 and includes changes to Stage 1

Contained in this White Paper

  • Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Highlights including Program Penalties
  • Meaningful Use Stage 1 Changes
  • Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objectives, Measures, Exclusions Thresholds and Health IT Needs
  • Clinical Quality Measures

On September 12, 2012, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Office of National Coordinator (ONC), addressed attendees at the HIMSS Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.   “Technology is growing in leaps and bounds.  Let’s bring that to health care,” he said.  That is the essence of HITECH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  HITECH is about rewarding and accelerating the adoption of interoperable certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).  The goal is to let CEHRT be a servant to clinicians working through efforts in improving quality and delivering care at a lower cost.

Download the entire white paper with original graphics here.


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