On June 16, I wrote about the release of the draft definition of meaningful use.
Today, at the HIT Policy Committee meeting, the final definition of meaningful use was released and adopted. What was changed?
1. For inpatient CPOE, only 10% of orders must be entered electronically2. For problem lists, ICD9 or SNOMED must be used3. Advanced directives must be recorded4. Smoking status must be recorded5. Quality measures must be reported to CMS6. Clinicians and Hospitals must implement at least one clinical decision rule relevant to a high clinical priority7. Administrative transactions, including eligibility and claims, must be completed electronically
Also, the timing of meaningful use was clarified in this presentation on Slide 12 and 13
Meaningful Use Workgroup recommended use of an 'adoption year'
timeframe (i.e., '2011 measures' applies to first adoption year even if
HIT adopted in 2013; '2013 measures' applies to 3rd adoption year.
clinicians can still receive partial stimulus funds if they implement
2013-2015 instead of 2011-2013, and they can follow the same path as
early adopters instead of an increasingly difficult set of criteria.
The Committee also discussed options for certification which I encourage you to read.
very important meeting today. Now that meaningful use has been defined
and approved, the HIT Standards Committee can complete its initial
standards and certification criteria recommendations, which will be
delivered next Tuesday.
More on meaningful use:
"Meaningful Use" of Health IT
State of Meaningful Use
Use vs. Meaningless Adoption of Electronic Health Records
Health IT Primer