Legislative/Policy

Safety Enhanced Design Important Part Of MU Stage 2 Certification

A major advantage of a great EHR is it’s potential to increase client safety through preventing and detecting human errors. In Meaningful Use Stage 2 (the ONC 2014 Certified Solution) there is a requirement for Safety Enhanced Design (170.314(g)(3). This requirement focuses on user-centered design processes for eight different areas (listed below). The report is mandatory for a complete EHR certification and is published on the ONC’s website.

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Substance Use Treatment in a Digital Era: An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal and Modern Healthcare

The Modern Healthcare article, “Key Privacy Rule Could Fall to Accountable Care Push” (June 17), touches on important privacy issues but misses the full context. The same is true of “Drug Treatment Swept Up in Push for Medical-Records Sharing” printed in the June 4 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Far from becoming a “casualty of the push to accountable care, patient-centered medical homes and other population-oriented health plans”, the proposed rule changes update 1970s-era 42 CFR Part 2 privacy…

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ICD-10 – Staying In Front of the Deadline

You’ve heard the buzz, ICD-10 will be delayed a year now that President Obama has signed the bill. At Netsmart, we believe the delay to ICD-10 implementation simply forestalls the inevitable. All current activities from Accountable Care, Meaningful Use, and Mental Health Parity are based upon a shift from pay-for-quantity to pay-for-quality.

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Decision Support Is Here And The Time Is Now

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) outlined the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) through Meaningful Use. The MU requirements include functional capabilities for clinical decision support rules. Any organization or provider going after MU incentive dollars are getting acquainted with decision support functionalities.

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Public Health Should Be Taking Center Stage Through ACA

I continually hear about budget cuts and loss of funding associated with public health departments.  Many of these organizations are facing tough decisions regarding care in their communities. Organizations will be forced to reduce the types of services they offer while others in their communities fill in the gaps. Instead of reducing these services, does Accountable Care Act (ACA) offer public health an opportunity to change course?

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Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?

The Goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 emphasizes the need for the U.S. to move toward the use of electronic health records.  To encourage a widespread adoption of interoperable health information technology, the legislation called for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT working through NIST, to create a program for voluntary certification of health information technology that is in compliance with the applicable certification criteria to meet…

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Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?

As we welcomed in 2014, we also said ‘Hello’ to the start of Meaningful Use Stage 2. The HITECH Act is now five years old. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a deeper dive into some of the changes the 2014 criteria mandate. Note: All stage 1 certified solutions (also known as 2011 stage 1), expired  12/31/2013. This expiration requires your organization to upgrade to a 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHERT).

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Kevin Scalia Addresses ONC BH Committee

Recently I testified to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy committee’s certification and adoption workgroup regarding voluntary certification of electronic health records for behavioral health. Many groups were represented in the discussion including consumer advocates, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, SATVA, behavioral health providers, and methadone clinics. There were those

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