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ONC HIT Policy Committee-MU Workgroup-Specialist Subgroup Meets to Discuss MU and Specialized Medicine

On October 18, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee/Meaningful Use (MU) Workgroup/Specialist Subgroup held its first meeting to discuss gaps and opportunities regarding MU and specialists.  The subgroup was created during the October 6 meeting of the full MU Workgroup.

The focus of the subgroup members was on unique specialties like radiology and pathology; however, they made it clear that the priority is to encourage applicability to as many providers as possible.  One of the subgroup members mentioned that ONC’s federal advisory committees “hear the most” from radiology and pathology.

The subgroup members discussed a variety of potential policy options related to MU compliance by specialists, including:

  • Specialty HIT product alternatives to “certified EHR technology.”
  • Relevant e-specified clinical quality measures.
  • Timely exchange of structured data.
  • Participation in health information exchange networks.
  • Participation in specialty-specific data registries.
  • Providing patient educational resources to primary care physicians for passing onto patients post-specialty care.

The insinuation of the discussion was that the subgroup would present its initial thoughts to the full MU Workgroup.  Ideally, the subgroup would first get input from specialty societies before finalizing its thoughts.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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