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Contributing Writer · Dec 30, 2009

ALERT: Meaningful Use Announcement Today

ONC and CMS are holding a press conference this afternoon and will likely announce revisions to the “Meaningful Use” criteria for electronic health record (EHR) systems. To learn more about Meaningful Use and the HITECH Act, visit our Stimulus Center.

The briefing will be at 5:15 p.m. ET , Toll-Free Dial: (800) 837-1935, Conference ID: 49047605, Pass Code: HITECH

Practice Fusion’s physicians and EHR experts will be available for immediate comment on the announcement. Follow along with Dr. Laffel’s thoughts on Twitter or contact Practice Fusion’s press team for more details.

Full text of HHS press release below:

CMS and ONC to Discuss Next Steps in Electronic Health Records Programs

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will announce two regulations that lay a foundation for improving quality, efficiency, and safety through meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology.

The regulations will help implement the EHR incentive programs enacted under the Health Information Technology for Clinical and Economic Health (HITECH) Act, which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Public comments on both regulations are encouraged.

WHO: David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., national coordinator for health information technology
Jonathan Blum, director, Center for Medicare Management
Cindy Mann, director, Center for Medicaid and State Operations

WHAT: Briefing for HITECH Partners and Stakeholders – Providers, HIT Industry Organizations

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

WHERE: Toll-Free Dial: (800) 837-1935
Conference ID: 49047605
Pass Code: HITECH