What does 'Meaningful Use' Mean for Pediatrics?

Christoph U Lehmann; Jennifer Mansour; Jonathan D Klein


Pediatr Health. 2010;4(4):361-363. 

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Rule 4: meaningful use must mean that No Pediatrician is Left Behind

Meaningful use legislation will be more likely to make a positive impact on child health if pediatricians are able to participate in the incentive program. Approximately 46% of pediatricians are forced to limit their Medicaid panel to below the 20% threshold in order to stay in business.[102] These pediatricians may have financial difficulties in purchasing EHRs. Pediatricians generally do not care for those with Medicare, either. Thus, a significant proportion of pediatricians will be excluded from eligibility from the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act incentive program. We urge that the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and uninsured patients be included in the 20% calculation, at least until the impact of the Health Care reform bill is felt.[103] In addition, future ONCHIT initiatives should include strategies and incentives that further disseminate EHRs in pediatric practices that do not meet the Medicaid threshold.


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