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EMR Meaningful Use Deadline Proposal to Extend

18 September 2011 6,231 views 6 Comments

 

The working group members of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee have sent across a recommendation in the form of a 12-draft, seeking an extra one year for introducing Stage 2 meaningful use deadline criteria changes. Please note that federal healthcare incentives are already being distributed as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009, i.e. among those who have been able to establish ‘meaningful use’ of electronic patient health records. Here, the benchmarks for establishing meaningful use are referred to as Stage 1.

This extension in complying with EMR Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria has been sought for only those healthcare entities, i.e. professionals and organizations, which are already complying with the Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements. In this draft, the work group has supported the need to upgrade the criteria set as a part of Meaningful Use to ensure that the federal incentives are extended to the most deserving of entities only.

However, the work group has recommended that bringing forth such changes as per the original schedule could prove very discomforting for those who have taken the initiative to upgrade their patient information systems as per the federal recommendations. The draft’s content also indicates that healthcare organizations & professionals who failed to understand urgency of upgrading their healthcare settings to Stage 1 benchmarks, including those who plan do so in 2012, won’t get the proposed advantage and would need to implement Stage 2 Meaningful Use Criteria changes by 2014. The decision on this recommendation would be taken by the Health IT Policy Committee that is scheduled to meet in Washington where the work group’s proposal can be rejected, amended or approved.

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6 Comments »

  • Medical Billing said:

    Every healthcare provider should switch to an EMR solution. Paper based records and prescriptions are a thing of the past now and it would be best for both doctors and patients to take advantage of their features and accessibility.

  • paul smith uk said:

    be best for both doctors and patients to take advantage of their features and accessibility.

  • Healthcare IT Solutions said:

    I think Having an electronic record is much more worthy and reliable than paper work.

  • Catherine said:

    Paper based records and prescriptions are a thing of the past now and it would be best for both doctors and patients to take advantage of their features and accessibility.
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  • Medical billing services said:

    As much as three quarters of hospital staff are usually burdened with some sort of billing-related work in a traditional billing system. Opting for electronic medical billing solutions (ones that come with free EMR plans) that fit easily into the healthcare business’ workflow are key to freeing up staff resources.

  • merchant cash funding said:

    be best for both doctors and patients to take advantage of their features and accessibility.

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