The EHR Incentive Program is what it is -an incentive for healthcare providers to digitize

The EHR Incentive Program is what it is -an incentive for healthcare providers to digitize

Key Takeaway:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are involved in a mammoth task of digitizing patient health records. They use the bait of incentives to accelerate the process while maintaining quality.

Digitizing health records is a mammoth task by any standards, considering the extent, size and nature of records that need to be made available in electronic format. To ensure that this becomes a national, pan-US activity; the federal government introduced a method by which to implement EHRs: by offering incentives to those professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) at various stages of adopting, implementation or upgrade, or if they have demonstrated meaningful use of certified EHR technology within set deadlines. Meeting deadlines is a very critical requirement of the EHR Incentive Program.

Criteria for being eligible for EHR incentive program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees the EHR Incentive Program, has put forth many criteria for eligibility for EHR Incentive Programs

ehrIncentiveProgramThirdly, FDA 21 CFR Part 820 requires the manufacturer to establish and maintain procedures for the receipt, review, and evaluation of complaints.

What should records of investigation contain?

Records of investigation should contain the following:

  • Identifiers related to the device and reported event
  • If Medical Device Reporting is made, it should investigate the following:
    • Whether there were any specifications the device failed to meet
    • Whether it was for treatment or for diagnosis that the device was being used
    • In what way the device was related to the reported event, if applicable

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