A federal health information technology advisory panel has received a draft of criteria that hospitals and physicians would need to meet to qualify for the third round of federal meaningful-use incentive payments.
Recommendations on the Stage 3 meaningful-use criteria were presented to the Health IT Policy Committee this week by the committee's meaningful-use work group.
The recommendations included many new proposed criteria.
Several fell under the broad category of improving care quality, safety and efficiency and reducing health disparities. Included was a recommendation to use the computerized provider order-entry function on electronic health-record systems for referrals and transition-of-care orders. The recommended metric was that inpatient and emergency departments at acute-care and critical-access hospitals record 20% of such orders via CPOE.
The work group also recommended that eligible hospitals produce an electronic version of a "timely (within four days) transition document" when a patient transitions between care sites.