12 AHRQ-Supported Projects To Examine Stage 3 Objectives

March 24, 2014 in News

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality — in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS — has launched 12 projects that will evaluate and develop strategies for implementing Stage 3 of the meaningful use program, Healthcare IT News reports.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

About the Projects

The AHRQ-supported projects aim to develop strategies to:

  • Improve Stage 3 at a policy level;
  • Examine EHR innovations that could help providers meet proposed objectives; and
  • Offer suggestions as to how primary care practices can increase the value of meaningful use.

The 12 projects that were awarded grants are:

  • “Assessing Readiness, Achievement and Impact of Stage 3 Care Coordination Criteria,” developed by Julia Rose Adler-Milsten at the University of Michigan;
  • “Best Practices for Integrating Clinical Decision Support Into Clinical Workflow,” by Muriel Jean-Jacques at Northwestern University;
  • “Care Coordination Enabled by Health Information Technology: What Will it Take?,” by Sarah Scholle at the National Committee for Quality Assurance;
  • “DEVISE: Data Exchange of Vaccine Information between an Immunization Information System and Electronic Health Record,” by Melissa Stockwell of Columbia University; 
  • “Evaluation of Meaningful Use Objectives,” by Hadi Kharrazi of Johns Hopkins University;
  • “Evaluation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Objectives: Analysis in North Carolina and Tennessee,” by Jonathan Wald of RTI International;
  • “Evaluation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Objectives: Analysis in Oklahoma and the District of Columbia,” by Anjali Jain of the Lewin Group; 
  • “Evaluation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Objectives: Analysis in Pennsylvania and Utah,” by Sara Galantowictz of Abt Associates;
  • “Impact of Meaningful Use Patient Engagement Objectives in a Multicultural Practice-Based Research Network,” by Anne Victoria Neale of Wayne State University;
  • “Learning from Primary Care Meaningful Use Exemplars,” by Steven Ornstein of the Medical University of South Carolina; 
  • “Pediatric Patient Engagement as a Criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 3,” by Alexander Fiks of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and 
  • “Using the Electronic Medical Record to Identify and Screen Patients at Risk for Delirium,” by Michelle Weckmann of the University of Iowa.

The grant recipients will report back about their projects’ findings in June, and the information will be used as federal officials develop final Stage 3 meaningful use objectives (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 3/24).

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