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Draft comments on “meaningful use” of electronic health records – Your input requested!
Dear <<First Name>>,

The Health Information Technology Policy Committee, a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has requested comments on its preliminary set of recommendations defining “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) for the purpose of Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs.  NAQC proposes to sign on to comments developed by the Multi-State Collaborative on Health System Change (MSC). We ask you to please review the comments and let us know by Wednesday, February 23rd if you have any concerns or suggestions. Final comments must be submitted to HHS by Friday, February 25, 2011.
Tobacco use has been included as a core measure in “meaningful use” which is a real success for our field. As MSC’s comments indicate, there are some technical concerns with the way the rule has been drafted.  It involves the overwriting of data that could occur if tobacco status information is stored in a Social History table of an electronic health record.  In most cases, Social History tables are designed to record only the most recent response.  Older responses are generally overwritten.  MSC has consulted with individuals connected with the national Meaningful Use Workgroup to assure that the draft comments are accurate.
You may view the request for comments at: http://healthit.hhs.gov/media/faca/MU_RFC%20_2011-01-12_final.pdf
You may view the draft comments by clicking here.
Please send any concerns or suggestions about the comments to NAQC by Wednesday, February 25, at NAQC@naquitline.org. You may also contact Linda Bailey at 800-398-5489.
Many thanks for all your help!
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