Panel proposes reducing meaningful use measures

Members of a federal health IT advisory group last week proposed to relax the number of measures that will be required for healthcare providers to demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health record systems.

The Health & Human Service Department's meaningful use workgroup crafted an approach they said strikes a "middle ground" between too few and too onerous a set of measures of meaningful use necessary to qualify providers for financial incentives under HHS's health IT adoption plan. The workgroup, which reports to HHS's Health IT Policy Committee, proposed that physicians and hospitals could drop up to six meaningful use measures for 2011. That would still require providers to meet about 80 percent of the measures of meaningful use originally proposed, said Dr. George Hripcsak, the co-chair of the workgroup and a biomedical informatics professor at Columbia University.


Panel proposes reducing meaningful use measures