Human Recovery And Reinvestment Act ( Arra )

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The concept of Meaningful Use (MU) was created as a result of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the included Heath Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The goal of MU is to enhance healthcare safety, efficiency, and quality; decrease disparities in the provision of healthcare; increase individual’s involvement in their care; improve continuity of care; enhance public and population health; and promote the protection and privacy of personal health information. The implementation of MU is to occur in three stages ("Meaningful Use: Introduction," 2012). MU stage 1 involves the acquisition and sharing of data and began in 2011 (Hebda & Czar, 2013). In order to meet MU standards, certain criteria must be met. Hospitals have 14 core requirements plus an additional 5 out of 10 requirements that must be met from a menu set (Hebda & Czar, 2013). Physicians must also demonstrate the use of electronic prescribing, the ability to provide patient lists by condition, and electronic progress notes (Hebda & Czar, 2013). Stage 2 of MU, which began in 2014, involves improved exchange of health information, enhanced requirements for including laboratory results, additional electronic prescribing standards, and an increase in patient access to their data ("How to attain Meaningful Use," 2013). Stage 3 of MU started in 2016 and consists of improving health outcomes through increased efficiency, quality, and safety; clinical
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