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Meaningful Use for Nurses: IMPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 1Meaningful Use for Nurses: Implications and RecommendationsShannon BarryChamberlain College of NursingNR 512June 2016
IMPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 2Meaningful Use for Nurses: Implications and Recommendations IntroductionDocumentation is an integral part of healthcare. Nurses use documentation as part of theirdaily practice. It is important that this documentation incorporates all aspects of patient care and is communicable to other healthcare providers involved in patient care. Meaningful Use (MU) isthe term given to the means by which healthcare providers can demonstrate compliance with the Federal Act (see discussion below). This paper will examine and define MU and how it became alaw. The background and core criteria of MU will be discussed together with its affect on nurses, the nursing profession, national health policy, patient outcomes and population health. The author will make some personal observations concerning the adequacy of the core criteria and will comment on whether they need to be expanded. This paper will end with a conclusion summarizing the main parts of the paper together with mention of how the knowledge gained from the paper has affected the author.Meaningful UseIn 2004 President George W. Bush implemented a 10-year plan to provide every United States citizen with an electronic health record that could be accessed from anywhere (Madison and Staggers, 2011). The United States Government mandated that hospitals and healthcare providers use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for all patients. President Obama, in 2009, signed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) (Introduction, 2016). Also in 2009 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided billions of dollars to implement EHRs with continuing development of a national healthinformation network (Madison and Staggers, 2011). In addition, HITECH promoted the use of EHRs within the healthcare delivery system in the United States.
IMPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 3MU is a set of criteria established under the authority of HITECH to measure how well a healthcare provider is creating and implementing EHRs. MU provides for mandatory guidelines to carry out the goal of EHRs. It is an incentive program for the use of EHRs. HITECH established the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to carry out the mandate of HITECH (i.e., to carry out the objective of a Federal system for EHRs). The ONC worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish MU criteria. MU is an effortled by the CMS to improve the quality of patient care (Introduction, 2016). The objectives of the MU program are to improve care coordination, engage patients and families in their health, improve quality, safety and efficiency while reducing health disparities, improve population and public health, and ensure adequate privacy and security protection for personal health

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