The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has once again identified the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information as one of the 10 biggest management and performance challenges facing HHS in the coming year, according to its latest report.
Meaningful Use is supposed be, well, meaningful.
But sometimes what's good in theory doesn't translate very well in practice.
Here's a personal example.
I recently injured my foot, necessitating a trip to the orthopedist. It turns out that the practice transitioned from paper records to an electronic health record system since my last visit. The office still relied on paper intake forms, which is not unusual.
However, I was surprised to see on the form, a question as to whether or not I used tobacco (the answer is no). After all, smoking is not ordinarily related to orthopedic injuries. On the next line, the form explains that the reason the practice is now asking this question is "for Meaningful Use."
I was intrigued, so I asked the employee at the front desk handling patient intake what the question meant and what Meaningful Use is.
She had no idea. Read more...
Have something to say? Join other hospital executives on the FierceHealthcare LinkedIn group.
POPULAR COMMENT THREADS
Massachusetts overpaid hospitals for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program by $2.1 million over a two-year period from 2011 through the end of 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
As the editor of FierceEMR, I spend a lot of time reviewing the Meaningful Use program--and too often find problems with it. It's not that I'm going out of my way to criticize the program or the agencies that operate it, but unfortunately they make it all too easy. Still, there also are several reasons to be thankful for the program.
A nonprofit outreach group that provides medical care to the homeless in Santa Barbara, California, has developed its own mobile electronic health record to help them treat patients.
Some inpatients at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital can now access their medical records right from their hospital beds, thanks to a new pilot program.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has taken yet another measure to throw a lifeline to providers struggling with Meaningful Use attestation, this time extending the attestation deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for the 2014 reporting year to Dec. 31, 2014.
From Our Sister Sites
More than 450,000 individuals purchased health insurance on Healthcare.gov during the first week of open enrollment, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced during a phone conference Wednesday.
A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead.