Webinar: “Meaningful Use” of EHR Technology: What Do the New Standards and Certification Criteria Mean for Your Organization?

Practices: Health Care, Venture Capital & Emerging Companies

On December 30, 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Improvement Technology released two long awaited regulations (one is proposed while the other will take effect on publication) regarding federal incentives for adoption of electronic health record (EHR) technology. The regulations are designed to implement the EHR incentive programs enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), programs which include incentive payments to hospitals, physicians, and other providers that adopt and become meaningful users of EHR technology.
In this one hour webinar, Ropes & Gray partner Michael Beauvais will examine the proposed regulations and their effects on hospitals, physician groups, and other providers, as well as companies that develop EHR technology or invest in such companies. Specific areas to be discussed include:

  • Available EHR incentive programs
  • The maximum amounts a recipient can receive under the programs
  • The functionality that EHR technology must include in order to be certified
  • Eligible recipients of incentive payments under the programs
  • How “meaningful use” of an EHR technology is defined and measured
  • The other requirements for incentive payments including deadlines, standards, criteria, and reporting obligations
  • The timing rules for qualification and payment
  • The future federal payment consequences of the failure to make “meaningful use” of EHR technology
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