Meaningful Use

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Meaningful Use Stage 3 not the end of government health IT involvement

Assuming Stage 3 is even needed, what happens when it's over? Does the government pack up its health IT bags and go home?

Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules ambitious but burdensome, providers say

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use represents an ambitious attempt to jumpstart interoperability in the healthcare industry, there are concerns that it could be a difficult row to hoe for providers.

CMS, ONC release proposed rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have issued their proposed rules outlining the requirements for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.

Meaningful Use must be malleable in the shadow of health reform

The  call for change of the Meaningful Use program  is taking a new twist, here on the eve of the release of the proposed rule implementing Stage 3. Stakeholders had been urging that the Meaningful Use program to make a lot of changes, including greater interoperability, fewer burdens and the like. But now, the conversation has shifted to money--and not just the costs to providers or the profits of the vendors. Stakeholders and analysts are saying that the program may hurt the economy and efforts to reform healthcare. 

How health IT, MU policy could 'hinder' payment reform

Meaningful Use helped accelerate the adoption of electronic health records, but now should be changed to align IT with other payment reforms and policies and support higher value care, according to a new health policy brief from the Brookings Institution's Engelberg Center for Health Reform.

OIG to audit Medicaid MU incentive payments made to Pennsylvania hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has begun an audit of the Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payments made by the state of Pennsylvania to hospitals, according to the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

Meaningful Use barriers remain for behavioral health providers

Behavioral health providers continue to lag behind others in the industry when it comes to adoption of electronic health records, despite advocacy groups pushing for their inclusion in programs like Meaningful Use.

More Stage 2 hospitals reporting to public health agencies, registries

Hospitals in Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program have substantially increased their electronic reporting of public health measures to public health agencies and registries, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's latest data brief.

HITECH: Doomed from the start?

Despite $28 billion spent to date, the HITECH Act has failed to boost efficiency, cut costs or improve care quality for patients, primarily due to a lack of interoperability, five republican senators say.

Would a 'roll back' of ONC's strategic plan be good for health IT?

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) certainly didn't pull any punches in its comments on the  Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated strategic plan. Unlike some commenters on the plan, who for the most part deferred to ONC, NPCA, known to favor private free market forces rather than government regulation,  came out strongly against it.