September 15-19, 2014 marks HIMSS' Ninth Annual National Health IT Week - a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology.
Of no small significance will be the continued discussion of Meaningful Use: a component of the HITECH Act (itself a component of the American Recovery & Revinvestment Act - ARRA) which provides financial incentives to Eligible Medical Professionals (EPs), Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that successful attest to the meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) for the betterment of patient care. Operated by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), meaningful use incentives programs come in two flavors: the Medicare incentives program and the Medicaid incentives program. In the Medicare flavor, participating entities (EPs, hospitals, and CAHs) failing to adequately attest incur penalty adjustments to their annual Medicare payments.
The rollout of Meaningful Use has been marred by push back, hiccups, and revisions. Many opine that the financial structure of the incentives programs favor only the largest healthcare systems - with smaller hospitals and clinics swallowing a larger capital expense than the potential incentives justify. Regardless, virtually everyone is behind where the government says they should be.
We did some digging on the topic - and on the purported 'storage boom' driven by EHR adoption - and created this Meaningful Use and the EHR Storage Boom Infographic for #NHITweek, on the heels/coattails of our recent webinar with Mary Washington Healthcare's george.amols
As a fun little benefit during National Health IT week, we will be giving away a LEGO(C) Batman(C)TM Tumbler set to a random Healthcare IT Pro who watches the webinar recording now through September 19!
What are your challenges with Meaningful Use? In your opinion, is the EHR storage boom fact, or fiction?