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AORN Supports ANI Comments on Meaningful Use

Publish Date: 5/9/2012

AORN is a supporter of the comments submitted by the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the recently proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, eligible hospitals and health care professionals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to demonstrate “meaningful use” of that technology by achieving objectives set by CMS.

The ANI comments highlight the important role nurses play in leadership positions on national committees and interoperability initiatives focused on standards and terminology development, standards harmonization, and EHR adoption, as well as certification of EHR systems. In addition, nurses are key players in the research, education, implementation, integration and optimization of information systems throughout the health care system.

Both ANI and AORN believe that CMS should expand the definition of meaningful use to encompass support of all health care professionals in an integrated health care community, including specifically registered nurses, APRNs, and other clinicians. In addition, ANI and AORN are disappointed that the proposed rule did not include any nursing sensitive quality measures. AORN has urged CMS in the past to include nursing sensitive quality measures, such as hospital-acquired ulcer prevalence, wrong-site surgery, and retained surgical items.

Additional information and the proposed rule are available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services here

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