The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

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In 2009, more than $30 billion dollars in incentives was allocated by congress for hospitals to institute meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) by 2011 (Adler-Milstein, Bates, & Jha, 2011) (Murphy, 2010). The Meaningful Use Act is a complicated principle that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as well as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the gravity of ARRA, HITECH, and meaningful use. It will attempt to do this by explaining ARRA, HITECH, and meaningful use, applying meaningful use to nursing, policy making, patients, and public health, as well as add recommendations for future funding. First, a…show more content…
Division A introduces the HITECH act which oversees implementation of health information technologies (HITs). Division B is a part of the HITECH act that deals with Medicare and Medicaid HIT and incentives for adoption of EHRs (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). In 2009, even though electronic health records (EHRs) were available, many hospitals were still using paper charting. EHR technology is expensive and, consequently, was being deterred. Therefore, HITECH was enacted. “The HITECH Act seeks to change that situation by providing each person in the United States with an EHR. In addition, a nationwide health information technology (HIT) infrastructure will be developed so that access to a person’s HER will be readily available to every healthcare provider who treats the patient, no matter where the patient may be located at the time treatment is rendered” (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). Not only does the HITECH act help hospitals and physicians to adopt HIT and EHRs, it will begin penalizing those who fail to utilize them (Murphy, 2010). Meaningful use “Meaningful use is the set of standards defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive programs that governs the use of the EHR and allows eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments by meeting certain criteria” (Policy making…,2013). Eligible providers include doctors of medicine, osteopathy, oral surgery, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, and
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