Meaningful Use Final Rule from CMS
CMS, in close collaboration with ONC, released the greatly anticipated Final Rule on Meaningful Use on July 13, 2010 which outlines how eligible professionals can qualify for specific Medicare and Medicaid incentives created by ARRA for adoption and use of certified EHR technology.
A CMS/ONC fact sheet on the meaningful use final rule is available here.
The final rule itself (all 800+ pages of it) along with some other resources for providers are available from HHS here.
An AAFP News Now (ANN) article by Sheri Porter, senior associate editor, is available here.
“Understanding the Meaning of Meaningful Use” Webinar
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Noon-1:30 pm CST
Member cost: $10
Nonmember cost: $50
Presenters: Steven E. Waldren MD, MS and Jason M. Mitchell, MD of the Center for Health-IT at the AAFP
This webinar will review the recently released CMS definition of meaningful use with regards to electronic health record (EHR) implementation. Through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) a Medicare bonus incentive up to a maximum of $44,000 over the course of five years will be available for health information technology (HIT) implementation and use. The information presented will help guide primary care physicians in determining how and when to participate. This course will provide information on:
* Required certification, utilization, and validation of HIT
* Analysis and a strategy for HIT implementation
* Tools and resources for implementation
The goals of Understanding the Meaning of Meaningful Use webinar for each participant are:
* Develop familiarity with the Meaningful Use rule requirements and timeline
* Understand the magnitude and effort to attain meaningful use
* Inform decision when to participate in meaningful use
* Why the focus should be on quality and efficiency, not on the incentive dollars