Two companion final rules to support the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) program for accelerating electronic health record (EHR) adoption were released on July 13, 2010. This launched Stage 1 of “meaningful use” as it identifies the first rule—certification criteria EHR software vendors must have in their products—and outlines the second rule—reporting requirements for those “eligible providers” (EPs) and hospitals seeking incentive payments for meaningful use of EHRs. Stage 1 of meaningful use covers years 2011-2012 of the program. Both of these final rules collectively outline Stage 1 of meaningful use within the HITECH Act.
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This article was written by Lindsey B. Hoggle, MS, RD, managing partner, Health Project Partners, LLC, Gaithersburg, MD.
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