SPOTLIGHT: Applying for stimulus funding

As the health IT universe waits for Washington to finalize the "meaningful use" rules, more than a few healthcare providers have to be wondering how they actually will apply for the Medicare and Medicaid bonus payments that come with meeting the standards. As of now, we just don't know--and we may not know until early next year. Be advised, though, that EMR certification also is changing, so any product that is CCHIT-certified now may not be good enough to meet federal certification standards. "It makes me wonder how much they really know about the EMR stimulus money requirements since CCHIT certification doesn't really matter," consultant and blogger John Lynn says about one vendor that's still touting its CCHIT stamp of approval. Blog post

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