Listen to Itara Barnes, ACR senior specialist of health informatics, discuss the meaningful use electronic health record certification process. Click here to listen.
Listen to Craig W. Carson, MD, an Oklahoma-based rheumatologist, discuss when his practice will apply for meaningful use incentive credits. Then, listen to Karen Hansen, Dr. Carson’s practice manager, discuss the technical aspects of preparing for meaningful use.
January kicked off a new era for health information technology (HIT). A new year brings new opportunities, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) electronic health record (EHR) incentive program topping the list. But what is meaningful EHR use, and what does it mean for you? What are the steps to get started?
Practices face many challenges when adopting EHRs
On December 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited proposed rule establishing the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, which lays out a set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology. This program has been developed in response to the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (ARRA), which authorizes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide a reimbursement incentive for physician and hospital providers who become “meaningful users” of an EHR.