September 23 start of Meaningful Use program’s Stage 2 now just weeks away

Up until now, initiatives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – also known as the ACA or Obamacare — have focused on facilitating healthcare’s shift from paper to electronic recordkeeping.  Stage 2 of the three-stage “Meaningful Use” program, which is intended to encourage patient engagement with the new electronic records systems, rolls out this fall.  To inspire healthcare providers’ creativity in devising means of enticing patients to participate, extra Medicare and Medicaid payments are available to organizations that meet specific criteria of success in their efforts.

See U.S. News & World Report article at “Helping Patients Stay Engaged in their Own Care: Will electronic record keeping make patients more willing to take part in keeping themselves healthy?”

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