What is meaningful use? What is meaningful use stage one? How does meaningful use apply to EHRs? How do you meet the requirements? The blog entries below help answer these questions as well as offer tips and resources to guide you through the process of adopting and meeting the meaningful use requirements for EHRs.
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The HIT Fellows use Health IT and delivery system models to achieve the three-part aim: better health, better health care and lower cost
We at ONC have worked with the Health IT Fellows for about six months and are beginning to see the group’s collective insights are helping doctors and patients move toward better health, better health care and lower cost.
We are taking a page from manufacturers’ development play books as we seek input from the public on new draft clinical quality measures (CQMs).
Despite aggressive efforts to institute quality assurance in the eCQMs released as part of Stage 2, there were errors that made it through and were included in the final rule. ONC and CMS have — over the last year — moved from waterfall (batch) development and release to a more agile process using single-piece flow. Many US industries have found considerable improvement in their products and efficiency by applying a lean manufacturing approach, which we are trying to mirror in the development of new CQMs. Benefits of this approach include early error recognition, a more robust quality assurance process and a more streamlined review and correction phase that allows flexibility for our analysis and your feedback. This also allows the people interested in these products to review them as they have time throughout the year, rather than trying to provide feedback all at once. Another key goal is to get input much earlier in our measure development processes. Often feedback that arrives late is much harder to incorporate into the CQMs than input that arrives early. Towards that end, CMS and ONC have developed methods to obtain early and iterative feedback on draft MU3 measures currently under development, although the rule-making process has not concluded and there is no guarantee of inclusion of the changes in the final rule.
Last year, we issued a nationwide challenge to see 1000 critical access hospitals (CAHs) and small, rural hospitals get to Meaningful Use by 2014. The call to action was met with support; we could feel everyone roll up their sleeves in unison.