CMS backs patients in MU Stage 2 requirements

If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend this year’s HIMSS12 conference (don’t worry…I wasn’t either), you may have missed some important announcements about new requirements and new time lines for Stage 2 Meaningful Use. Published in a proposal on the Federal Register website (you can access it here), these new requirements seem to begin involving the patient as a key contributor to the health care process. Some quick facts of Stage 2:

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Why MU alone won’t get us there…

For those of you that are familiar with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) world, you know about ARRA, HITECH and Meaningful Use. If so, you know that Meaningful Use is meant to give practitioners incentives to switch their charting to digital. And while Meaningful Use at it’s core has a very humanistic and futuristic spirit, it’s implementation via monetary incentives alone removes from some of it’s core purpose: increasing positive patient outcomes and decreasing cost. While Meaningful Use (MU) is and should be a clear principal player in the move toward modernizing health care, this concept alone is not enough to get us there. Here’s why:

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