EMR & E-Prescribing

ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) recently released a “Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information,”* an instructional guide designed to help health-care practitioners, staff and other professionals better understand the important role privacy and security play in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and meaningful use.

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CMS has created a new page to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) website dedicated to the clinical quality measures (CQMs) and their role in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The page intends to help providers better understand the purpose of CQMs and how to report on the measures.

HITECH Act

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) jointly announced their final rules for both electronic health record (EHR) standards for certification and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, including criteria for stage one meaningful use. 

On Feb. 23, 2012, CMS released a proposed rule specifying Stage 2 criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The proposed rule specifies the Stage 2 criteria providers must meet in order to qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR incentive payments, as well as the criteria that providers must meet in order to avoid Medicare payment adjustments beginning in 2015.

AGA and the other GI societies submitted extensive comments on this rule.

HITECH Act and Meaningful Use Information

e-Prescribing

Currently the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) authorizes a new and separate incentive program for eligible professionals (EPs) who are successful electronic prescribers as defined by MIPPA. This incentive program, which began on Jan. 1, 2009, is separate from and is in addition to the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).

EMR Resources

e-Prescribing Resources