HHS issues final rule on meaningful use for e-health records

The Health and Human Services Department issued its final regulation Tuesday on what doctors and hospitals should do to get a share of funding to help in the adoption of electronic medical records, saying it made numerous changes to address concerns that the proposed rule was too rigid. NextGov reports that the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was adopted as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package, included incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid for doctors and hospitals to encourage the use of electronic health records, which supporters say will improve health care delivery, reduce costs and provide patients with more information about their care.

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