12 Jan Meaningful Use
As the frenzy begins and practices scurry to qualify for ARRA funding (for which I will NOT qualify), I hear lots of banter about “meaningful use (MU).” What is this all about? If you follow the federal money trail, you will find that the government wants to make sure that not only have physicians purchased an EHR, but they are “using them in a meaningful way.” Say what???
- Use of certified EHR technology in a meaningful manner. This includes things like e-prescribing (reduces errors, reduces health care costs as formulary and generic information assists decision making)
- Use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of care. Can I hear a loud shout out for real-time, bi-directional interchange of information with a state immunization information system??
- Use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality measures. Yes, there are indeed some pediatric-pertinent measures such as the percentage of your active patient population who has received all the ACIP-recommended vaccines by age 2 years.