The ONC and the HHS has released their Final Rule regarding Meaningful Use compliance, describing how hospitals and providers must use their Electronic Health Records (EMR software) to receive the ARRA funds. This is a significant announcement that sets the Information Technology priorities for healthcare organizations for the next five years.
Some of the requirements have been relaxed. For example, instead of the 100% compliance requirements, there is a mix of core items and menu items. A provider must meet the core items and then meet some of the menu items.
If your practice is running Centricity, AllScripts, NextGen, or Epic, or another EHR system, you will likely receive an upgrade at the end of this year or early 2011.
You will then need to prove Meaningful Use for all 2012. Use the breathing room in the first year wisely as you prepare for more stringent requirements in the coming years.