Thursday, March 4, 2010

CMS on "Meaningful Use"

CMS hosted a Feb. 23 teleconference on its proposed rule defining "meaningful use" of electronic health records. Released in late December, the rule specifies proposed requirements to qualify for EHR incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid beginning in fiscal year 2011 and avoid significant payment penalties in FY 2015. Among other topics, CMS representatives reviewed who would be eligible for incentive payments, and what constitutes meaningful use and how to demonstrate it.