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EHR Stimulus Funds

EHR Stimulus Funds

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Published by: mille3me on Jul 02, 2010
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How to Qualify for EHR StimulusFunds under ARRA
REQUIREMENTS GUIDE:
 
Meaningful Use & Certified EHR Technology
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA) set aside nearly $20 billion in incentivepayments for physicians who adopt EHRtechnology over the next five years. In order toqualify for the up to $44,000 in incentives,physicians must be using “certified EHRtechnology” in a “meaningful manner.” On December 30, 2009, The Office of theNational Coordinator for Health InformationTechnology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) released interim finalrulings on the definitions of meaningful use andcertified EHR technology. These documents tellphysicians what software features their EHR willrequire, what goals they should be using thesoftware to reach, and how the government willmeasure the meaningful use of EHR technology.
THIS GUIDE WILL EXPLAIN:
Meaningful use objectivesCertified EHR technologyRequired software featuresMeaningful use measurements
 
What is Meaningful Use?
Meaningful use isn’t a term defined in onesentence. Rather, it is a set of goals that thegovernment wants accomplished by physiciansusing EHR software. Using an EHR in ameaningful manner means you are workingtowards these high-level goals:
Improving quality, safety, efficiency, carecoordination, and public health;
Reducing health disparities;
Engaging patients and their families; and,
Ensuring adequate privacy and securityprotections for personal health information.These goals encompass 25 more granularobjectives, ranging from e-prescribing, toproviding patients with electronic copies of theirhealth information, to electronic insuranceclaims.
MEANINGFUL USEOBJECTIVES:
Improve quality, safety, andefficiency of patient careReduce health disparitiesthrough public data sharingEngage patients moreeffectivelyEnsure privacy and security of patient information
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