Medical records updating meaningful use

26, by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section." This story, written by Gienna Shaw, summarized recommendations from two leaders in EHRs: Elizabeth Johnson, vice president of applied clinical Informatics at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, which has 78 hospitals in 20 states, and Pam Mc Nutt, senior vice president & CIO at the six-hospital Methodist Health System in North Texas.Both recently spoke at the CHIME13 CIO forum in Scottsdale Arizona.There is growing anecdotal evidence of the benefits of health IT, but reviews of the evidence base are dated and none have focused on meaningful use functionalities.That’s why we asked RAND to update previous reviews and examine recent evidence on the effects of meaningful use functionalities on quality, safety, and efficiency outcomes.

Learn more about CQMs » During your first year of meeting Meaningful Use, you have to fulfill the criteria over a 90-day reporting period.

But does enough patient demand exist to justify requirements for health care providers to offer patients the capability to access their health information online?

To assess the readiness of patients to ‘accept this dance’ today and understand how to entice them out onto the floor in the future, we need to establish a baseline.

As a brief refresher: Under the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act (part of the Recovery Act), hospitals and healthcare providers must be able to demonstrate by 2015 that their EHR systems are capable of certain tasks that constitute "meaningful use." Currently, to receive a payment, providers must meet 19 of 24 "meaningful use" objectives that include electronically tracking patients' medications and allergies, sending reminders, sharing lab test results and producing summaries of a patient's office visit.

In order to receive incentive payments under the meaningful use program, CMS subjects providers and entities to audits to ensure compliance with the regulations promulgated by the agency.

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