Thursday, November 22, 2012

Federal Register | Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 2

Federal Register | Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 2:
On September 4, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Regulations that include several core objectives to promote patient engagement through EHR technology. Specifically, under the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Regulations, a provider must demonstrate that its EHR is able to perform certain tasks with a defined percentage of its patients: 1) to send messages to and from the patient; 2) the permit the patient to view online, download and transmit his or her health information within certain time frames; and 3) to identify patient-specific education resources and provide those resources to the patient. Ultimately, a provider's EHR technology will have to be able to meet these core objectives for all of its patients. HHS will add further meaningful use requirements over the next few years.
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