Meaningful Use

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EHR design is an 'investment' not all vendors embrace

EHR usability is "incredibly complex" and needs specific adaptations of user-centered design (UCD) in order to be effective, according to panelists at a Health IT safety webinar conducted by RTI on behalf of ONC on June 19.

House passes bill exempting ASC-affiliated docs from MU program

The U.S. House has passed The Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015, which tweaks the definition of what constitutes meaningful use so that a patient encounter at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) would not be treated as a patient encounter when determining whether an eligible professional qualities as a meaningful electronic health record user.

Senate hearing panelists: Stay the course on Meaningful Use

While providers are under a great deal of stress to meet adoption requirements for Meaningful Use, the industry must stay the course, said panelists at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

Meaningful Use rules should focus more on how vendors protect patient data

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services begins to sort through the comments it's received on the proposed "flexibility" rule softening Stages 1 and 2 of Meaningful Use for...

Proposed Meaningful Use alterations receive mixed reviews

There has been some support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rule softening some of the requirements of the Meaningful Use program for 2015 through 2017, but commenters have also raised a number of concerns about it.

The public should know which vendors take usability seriously

Many electronic health record studies seem to state the obvious. But every so often, a study delves into new territory and makes one sit up and take notice. That's how I feel about this  new study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association  about EHR usability.

ONC open to non-governmental testing and certification tools, procedures

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued a notice encouraging persons or entities to submit non-governmental test procedures, tools and data that may create efficiencies in ONC's testing and certification process for health IT.

Doc participation in Meaningful Use dynamic, variable

The number of New York physicians who joined the Meaningful Use program grew significantly in its first two years, but was "dynamic" and may contribute to a "digital divide," according to a new study published in the June issue of  Health Affairs.

Lawmakers introduce bill to extend MU to behavioral health providers

Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) have reintroduced a bill that would, among other things, add behavioral health providers to the Meaningful Use program.

Updated OIG 2015 work plan adds EHR issues under review

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General continues to refine its scrutiny of electronic health records, adding a new focus area in an update to its work plan, but deleting several older items previously under review.