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Meaningful Use Workgroup Discusses Edits to Draft Advice for Future Stage 2 Functionality Objectives/Measures

The HIT Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup held a face-to-face meeting today to discuss modifications to their draft advice for the Stage 2 MU functionality objectives/measures.  The edits to the Workgroup’s draft advice come in the wake of their January 18 request for public comments (RFC).

Most of the modifications to the draft were relatively minor.  In terms of radiology’s interests, the biggest change from the January 18 draft was that the Workgroup members suggested splitting up the computerized physician order entry (CPOE) types (medications, lab-tests, and diagnostic imaging) into separate functionality objectives/measures.  For the imaging orders piece, the suggestion was that participants merely attest to having CPOE capabilities, rather than complying with a percentage-based measure.

The justification for this proposal was that, unlike medications and lab-tests, MU does not have a corresponding functionality objective/measure that calls for structured radiology results.  Therefore, a measure that requires a certain percentage of imaging orders per unique patients with structured radiology results would not be measureable with the minimum MU requirements.

The MU Workgroup did not discuss the possibility of adding a recommendation that radiology results be reported as structured data, despite radiology organizations recommending this numerous times in the past.

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