25 Meaningful Use Criteria

The government has released its long-awaited definition of meaningful use—in a lengthy proposed regulation entitled “ Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program .” As you probably know, health care professionals can receive incentive payments for implementing an electronic health record (EHR), but they must demonstrate meaningful use of the EHR. What that means, exactly, has been unclear until now. As eagerly as you’ve likely been anticipating the proposed regulation, chances are you don’t want to read that much “legalese”. So below we’ve listed the basic “Stage 1” criteria as we understand it. You can review a more thorough explanation of these criteria here . Use Computer Provider Order Entry (CPOE) Implement drug-drug, drug-allergy, drug-formulary checks Maintain an up-to-date list of current diagnoses Transmit prescriptions electronically Maintain an active medication list Maintain an active medication allergy list Record demographics Record and chart changes in vital signs Record smoking status Incorporate clinical lab-test results Generate lists of patients by specific conditions to use for quality improvement. Report ambulatory quality measures to CMS or the state Send reminders to patients for preventive and follow-up care Implement certain clinical decision support rules Check insurance eligibility electronically Submit insurance claims electronically Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information Provide patients with timely electronic access to their health information Provide clinical summaries to patients for each office visit Exchange key clinical information among providers electronically Perform medication reconciliation at encounters Provide a summary of care record for each transition of care Submit electronic data to immunization registries Provide data to public health agencies Protect health information

The government has released its long-awaited definition of meaningful use—in a lengthy proposed regulation entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.”

As you probably know, health care professionals can receive incentive payments for implementing an electronic health record (EHR), but they must demonstrate meaningful use of the EHR. What that means, exactly, has been unclear until now.

As eagerly as you’ve likely been anticipating the proposed regulation, chances are you don’t want to read that much “legalese”. So below we’ve listed the basic “Stage 1” criteria as we understand it. You can review a more thorough explanation of these criteria here.

  • Use Computer Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
  • Implement drug-drug, drug-allergy, drug-formulary checks
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of current diagnoses
  • Transmit prescriptions electronically
  • Maintain an active medication list
  • Maintain an active medication allergy list
  • Record demographics
  • Record and chart changes in vital signs
  • Record smoking status
  • Incorporate clinical lab-test results
  • Generate lists of patients by specific conditions to use for quality improvement.
  • Report ambulatory quality measures to CMS or the state
  • Send reminders to patients for preventive and follow-up care
  • Implement certain clinical decision support rules
  • Check insurance eligibility electronically
  • Submit insurance claims electronically
  • Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information
  • Provide patients with timely electronic access to their health information
  • Provide clinical summaries to patients for each office visit
  • Exchange key clinical information among providers electronically
  • Perform medication reconciliation at encounters
  • Provide a summary of care record for each transition of care
  • Submit electronic data to immunization registries
  • Provide data to public health agencies
  • Protect health information
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