Meaningful Use For Nurses, Nursing, National Health Policy, Patient Outcomes And Population Health

1273 WordsDec 6, 20156 Pages
Meaningful Use for Nurses Meaningful used is defined as the set of standards by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive programs that governs the use of the electronic health record (EHR) and allows eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria (Baker, 2013, p. 607). This paper will provide an overview of the Meaningful Use program and an analysis of the implications for nurses, nursing, national health policy, patient outcomes and population health associated with the collection and use of Meaningful Use core criteria. This paper will include an overview of Meaningful Use, Analysis, Meaningful Use recommendations and Conclusion. Overview of Meaningful Use Health…show more content…
Meaningful Use engages patients and families in their health care, improve care coordination, improve population and public health and maintain privacy and security ("CMS," 2015, para. 1). Healthcare providers must show CMS that they are using their EHRs in ways that can positively affect the care of their patients. To do this, providers must meet all of the requirements established by CMS for this program and be able to demonstrate Meaningful Use of their EHRs to receive incentive reimbursement. The Meaningful Use program is divided into 3 stages which span 2011 (data capture and sharing), 2013 (advanced clinical processes) and 2015 (improved outcomes). To achieve Stage 1 meaningful use of an EHR, providers must meet 15 core objectives and 5 objectives out of 10 from the menu set objectives. Providers must track the 3 required core Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) on patients and identify at least 3 additional CQMs from the set of 38 CQMs on patients. Stage 2 requirements consist of continuations of stage 1 requirements, with heightened demands for the number of electronic transactions. Stage 2 impacts nursing, brings greater emphasis on disease management, clinical decision support, transition of care, documentation of care plans and patient access to health information (Guterl, 2012). Stage 3 is likely to follow the same format as its predecessors, with a divide between core (mandatory) and menu
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