EHR Policy group meets, “meaningful use” goes undefined

From Modern Healthcare:

At one time it was said the federal definition and criteria for the “meaningful use” of electronic health-record systems would be released by mid-December, but that milestone will be passed today at noon.

One catch in the Medicare portion of the subsidy program is that the law requires providers to first meaningfully use their EHRs before they get reimbursed for their purchases. The law only sketchily defines “meaningful use” as the use of certified EHRs for electronic prescribing, information exchange and the reporting of quality measures, the latter of which are to be selected by HHS.

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