The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new brochure on the EHR Incentive Programs, called "What's New in Stage 1 for 2014". Beginning in 2014, there are several changes to the Stage1 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). These changes took effect on October 1, 2013, for eligible hospitals and CAHs and on January … [Read more...]
Health IT and the Underserved
ACU believes that health information technology (health IT) is a vital tool in achieving the health care reform goals of increasing access, improving care delivery, engaging in culturally competent outreach and education, and enhancing workforce development and training.
An electronic health record that includes documentation of demographics, including race and ethnicity, risk factor assessments, and evidence-based preventive and chronic disease management decision support, enables clinicians to more effectively manage the complex health care needs of vulnerable populations. Health IT can assist in promoting patient self-management and self-empowerment through available cultural and linguistically appropriate patient information, improved communication with clinical staff, and support outreach efforts which lead to improved health outcomes and reduction in health disparities.
View the ACU Health IT Resource List here.