CMS Pays Out $2.5 Billion In Electronic Health Record Incentives In 2011
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology expects adoption and meaningful use to continue to grow in 2012 as it prepares to address recommendations from a November IoM report.
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Agency gives eligible physicians and hospitals that started earning incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records in 2011 an additional year, until 2014, to begin demonstrating that they are meeting the standards outlined in the recently finalized rule.
A draft proposal for stage 3 of standards that health care professionals must meet to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records includes an adverse event reporting requirement. Janet Woodcock has highlighted adverse event reporting as an area where the agency hopes to interface with EHRs.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology offers support for the notion of using electronic health records to help provide information to cancer registries, but is critical of CMS’ approach as outlined in the stage 2 meaningful use proposed rule.