Friday, September 24, 2010

Preparing for Higher Stages in Meaningful Use

The Meaningful Use Workgroup will make recommendations to the HIT Policy Committee on how to define meaningful use in the short- and long-term; the ways in which electronic health records (EHRs) can support meaningful use; and how providers can demonstrate meaningful use. At their September 22, 2010 meeting they began to look at stages two and three of meaningful use. The big announcement from Tony Trenkle of CMS were plans to correct some inconsistencies in the meaningful use final rule. They will be posted to the website with more detailed guidance for providers on how to meet quality measures required by the health IT incentive program.

Work group members went line by line creating a spreadsheet and spent much of their time going through proposals for recommendations to higher phases of meaningful use. The audio from the meeting and spreadsheet are embedded below.