Important EHR Changes in 2013
|News Updates | January 17, 2013|
|Several Changes to Stage 1 Meaningful Use Measures Begin This Year
The Stage 2 rule for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs included changes to the Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). Some of these Stage 1 changes took effect on October 1, 2012, for eligible hospitals and CAHs, or January 1, 2013, for EPs. Several are optional, but others are required.
Stage 1 Changes and Timing:
Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)
Change: Revised the description of who can enter orders into the EHR and have it count as CPOE
Record and Chart Changes in Vital Signs
Change: Exclusion if the EP sees no patients 3 years or older, if all three vital signs are not relevant to their scope of practice, if height and weight are not relevant to their scope of practice, or if blood pressure is not relevant to their scope of practice
Public Health Reporting Objectives
Electronic Exchange of Key Clinical Information
For more details about each of these changes review the Stage 1 Changes Tipsheet.
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