Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New rules issued on electronic health records

New rules issued on electronic health records | Health Tech - CNET News: "Through its new and long-awaited rules on electronic health records, the government is hoping to clarify the conditions under which doctors and hospitals can collect incentive payments by investing in electronic health records, or EHR, over the new few years.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the new rules on Tuesday in an effort to support and expand the use of electronic health records. The rules are being targeted as a specific response to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 , which outlined the Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments medical providers can receive by using EHR technology."

Secretary Sebelius Announces Final Rules To Support ‘Meaningful Use’ of Electronic Health Records: "“For years, health policy leaders on both sides of the aisle have urged adoption of electronic health records throughout our health care system to improve quality of care and ultimately lower costs,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Today, with the leadership of the President and the Congress, we are making that goal a reality.”"

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