EHR Implementation: Meaningful Use Stage 2

Howard Mevis

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act passed in 2009 provided funds to reimburse physicians for the purchase and meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) system. Once the regulations were put in place, physicians and hospitals around the country began to purchase certified systems and make the transition from paper to electronic patient files.

But when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the requirements that physicians must meet to qualify for meaningful use Stage 1 incentive payments, it was clear that qualifying would not be easy.” In particular, specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons would be challenged to qualify.

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