HITECH Act The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act established programs under Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentive payments for the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology and allocated significant federal funding to advance health information technology. Several Minnesota organizations have received HITECH grants.
Meaningful Use The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ HIT incentive program provides financial support for the implementation and "meaningful use" of EHRs. Final rules outlining the requirements for physicians participating in the incentive program were published on July 13, 2010. CMS and the New England Journal of Medicine have both made summaries available. CMS has set up the following timetable for meaningful use incentives. The MMA has also put together a meaningful use factsheet.
September 29, 2010 Webinar Slideshow presentation
Submit your questions about meaningful of EHRs to have them answered here by Paul Kleeberg, M.D., clinical director for the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH) serving Minnesota and North Dakota.
Medicare eRx (E-prescribing) Incentive Program Clinicians are eligible for a bonus payment under Medicare if they are e-prescribing medications for at least fifty percent of their Medicare patients.
ONC Publishes Certified Health IT Product List The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published the Certified Health IT Product List, a comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program.
Each Complete EHR and EHR Module included in the products list has been tested and certified by an ONC-authorized certification body. Only those EHR technologies appearing on the certified product list will be accepted by CMS under the EHR incentive programs. The listing will be updated as additional products are certified by ONC-approved certification bodies. For more information, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/CHPL.
2011 E-Prescribing Mandate By January 1, 2011, all providers, group purchasers, prescribers, and dispensers must establish, maintain, and use an electronic prescription drug program. Fact Sheet: E-Prescribing in Minnesota
2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate By January 1, 2015, all hospitals and health care providers must have in place an interoperable electronic health records system within their hospital system or clinical practice setting.
Minnesota E-Health Initiative A public-private collaborative to accelerate the adoption and use of HIT that has coordinated and supported Minnesota’s e-health efforts since 2004. Fact Sheet: Implementing E-Health in Minnesota
MMA Health Factsheet on Health Information Exchange
Minnesota e-Health Initiative
Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH)
AMA's HIT website