Meaningful Use Audits - CMS utilizing its statutory authority under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will audit providers for the meaningful use of Electronic Medical Records as per the criteria outlined in the stage 1 objectives.
We agree with the noble goals of the CMS’ Meaningful Use EHR program: to move healthcare technology forward, to engage more patients in their own care, and to improve health care overall. But lackluster figures on Meaningful Use incentive payments signal program traction could be falling behind what CMS likely envisioned by early 2015.
Repin. Electronic medical records and electronic health records were mandated by the HITECH Act, which was part of the stimulus bill. Although EHR / EMR software is costly for health care provider, it should lead to reduced health care costs. Patients will get lower costs, better quality of care and patient safety. And when doctors offer a patient portal, patients are empowered to participate in their own healthcare. ONC and cms.gov infographic. #EHR #HealthIT
physicians who begin “meaningful use” of an EHR in 2011, the first year payment incentives will be available with greater incentives. Deploying an Electronic Health Record (EHR) does not qualify for program incentives.