Like country singer Willie Nelson, regional extension centers (RECs) in rural states are on the road again. Several RECs, which are helping primary care physicians achieve meaningful use, are undertaking statewide road shows to explain the benefits of connecting with health information exchanges to help meet Stage 2 of meaningful use.
Judy Murphy, R.N., deputy national coordinator for programs and policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, said criticisms of the EHR incentive program because it hasn’t yet led to widespread interoperability are misguided. Interoperability “is going to be a progression, a journey," she said.
I'm proud of the fact that I work in the Healthcare IT industry - an industry focused on improved healthcare experiences and outcomes for all. But yesterday I witnessed a "step forward" in the name of HIT that was such a step back that when asked, I was too embarrassed to confess what I did for a living. Here's what happened:
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), to delay implementation of meaningful use Stage 3 until 2017, the association said in a comment letter to ONC National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D.
On Jan. 14, the Chicago-based American Medical Association (AMA) submitted formal comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in response to the release of the Health IT Policy Committee’s proposal for Stage 3 of meaningful use under the HITECH Act.
Kicking off the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) third annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., told attendees that despite all the progress they have made to transform the healthcare system, the journey is really just beginning.
November 20, 2012 Jeff Smith, Assistant Director of Advocacy at CHIME
A House subcommittee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing this week on Meaningful Use. The focus on Meaningful Use was to ask the question, "has the program truly been meaningful?" The response from all witness, which included ONC National Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari and Intermountain VP & CIO Marc Probst, was a resounding "Yes."
The Office for the Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) has released an updated version of its “quick reference grids," which aim to help providers understand what they have to do successfully attest to meaningful use by putting the objectives in one place. ONC released two separate 2014 Meaningful Use Quick Reference Grids; one for Stage 1 and one for Stage 2.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the final Clinical Quality Measures (CQMS) for 2014 on its website, the government agency reported. CQMs will change in 2014 for providers, and those that are eligible for meaningful use, either Stage 1 or Stage 2, will have included the new criteria in their EHRs, CMS says.