Committee members discuss next phase of meaningful use

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced guidelines to help healthcare providers deliver specific care in accordance to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. These specifications help hospitals invest in electronic health records that could qualify for federal incentive money.

Meaningful use stage one is coming closer to its completion date, and the Health IT Policy Committee, which is a federal advisory panel, is currently discussing the new measures for the next stage, Healthcare IT News reports.

The committee is currently rolling out its proposed rule for establishing accountable care organizations. Due to time constraints for software development, members are exploring a phased-in approach that separates existing and new functionalities.

“Let us have everyone marching in the same direction rather than lighting 10 separate fires,” said Deven McGraw, a committee member and director of the health privacy project, quoted by the news source. “Let us move those that are aligned and look at those others that are not so well aligned to make some timing adjustments and based on experience,”

According to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, healthcare providers who have had electronic health records in place between 2011 and 2014 can earn up to $44,000 in incentive payments through the federal government.

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