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17 Apr 2015 

Understanding Meaningful Use Attestation

In terms of Health Information Technology (HIT), meaningful use attestation is a process that several organizations or individuals use to fulfill various requirements for electronic health records (EHR) and related technology. It has been successfully demonstrated to be of meaningful use and will continue to fill the requirements of electronic health records.

Concisely, medical attestation is a process that is used to validate an information to be true and genuine. This means the healthcare organizations must demonstrate meaningful use in order to validate receiving payments from the federal government under the Medicare or Medicaid HER incentive program. Thus, the office of the national Coordinator for Health IR, along with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has put together a list of Electronic Health Record products that are used for the medical attestation of meaningful use. All this lies under the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Provisions defined in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 relay that the organization eligible for Medicare HER incentive program will have to attest to meaningful use by 2014 in order to be eligible for HER incentive payments. Thus, the providers must attest to meaningful use attestation Stage 1 for two years before they can qualify for moving into the Stage 2 program. The same goes for Stage 3 program for which the organization needs experience in Stage 2 program for a minimum of 2 years. All criteria and requirements for this procedure are met by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Hence, the institutions that are eligible for Medicaid program will have to demonstrate meaningful use by 2016 in order to qualify for payments. Moreover, using the meaningful use attestation system also aims to create a more robust research data on large systems like medical healthcare. There are numerous benefits from meaningful use attestation. By implementing this system, you can improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities. 

Moreover, this also improves the care coordination at the same time, engaging both the patient and the family, which expands to benefit the population and hence the public health. This system is capable of maintaining privacy and security of the patient health information, yet ensuring both transparency and efficiency.

All in all, this system is a win-win situation wherein every member, from individual patients to care providers to public healthcare, benefits from streamlining the entire system to increase efficiency.

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