Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic He

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    Thursday, July 15, 2010
    By Matt Cover, Staff Writer




    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks to reporters at HHS headquarters in Washington on July 1, 2010. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) – New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity.

    The obesity-rating regulation states that every American's electronic health record must: “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.”

    The law also requires that these electronic health records be available--with appropriate security measures--on a national exchange.

    The new regulations are one of the first steps towards the government’s goal of universal adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by 2014, as outlined in the 2009 economic stimulus law. Specifically, the regulations issued on Tuesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, define the "meaningful use" of electronic records. Under the stimulus law, health care providers--including doctors and hospitals--must establish "meaningful use" of EHRs by 2014 in order to qualify for federal subsidies. After that, they will be subjected to penalties in the form of diminished Medicare and Medicaid payments for not establishing "meaningful use" of EHRs.


    read it all here.
    CNSNews.com - Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Says HHS
     
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    There are no diminished Medicaid payments for not meeting meaningful use standards (bad reporting in this article). Medicare physicians who don't become meaningful users in two years face a 1 percent payment reduction in the physician fee schedule.

    So no, EHRs aren't mandated. This is an incentives program aimed at giving eligible physicians and hospitals tens of thousands of dollars over a period of 5-6 years to start using EHRs in a meaningful way (a very good thing). There's also a good deal of money flowing into states to help them start building health information exchanges and assist providers in becoming meaningful users of EHRs.

    I'm not sure what the problem is: are you taking issue with body mass index being contained in a medical record?
     
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    EHRs have bipartisan support. The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT was actually created by a Bush executive order in 2004.
     
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    Yeah, we got it.

    We see we are and where it's heading.

    We'll deal with in November and every November for all eternity
     
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    You think anyone wants to repeal the HITECH Act? I don't think even the Luddite Caucus has been too vocal on opposing health information technology.
     
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    I can see a FAT TAX in the future.

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    I think the Kennedy seat was about as vocal as it gets. Sure the HITECH Act was not on the ballot per se.

    But the more people realize Progressives march to a goose step, the worse it will get for you
     
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    I'm doing it again.

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