Important Health Information Between Facilities

1715 Words Nov 18th, 2015 7 Pages
During the ever changing world in healthcare today, there needed to be a better way to communicate important health information between facilities. A program through HITECH was developed for the Department of Health and Human Services to provide and institute plans to increase health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the improvement of health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records and private and secure electronic health information exchange. During the ARRA Act in 2009, the idea of Meaningful Use became into effect with the first stages beginning in September 2010. There are three main factors of meaningful use, “using the certified EHR in a meaningful manner, for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of healthcare, and to submit clinical quality measures and other such measures selected by the secretary” (CMS, 2010). “The incentive program started in 2011, and payments will continue till 2016, to maximize your incentive payments a provider or hospital must have started the program in 2012” (CMS, 2010). To be eligible for the program you must register with CMS, be using a certified EHR system and meet the meaningful use requirements. For each year to continue on the incentive program, providers must effectively prove meaningful use each year of participating in the program. As of this date, there are three stages of meaningful use. During stage 1 of meaningful use 80% of the facilities patient records must be…
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