The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality intends to conduct surveys and focus groups to identify barriers to meaningful use of electronic health records by physicians serving patients covered under Medicaid.

The agency will use findings to develop technical assistance and other initiatives to support physicians' implementation and use of EHRs, according to a notice published Jan. 18 in the Federal Register.

"The project is designed to solicit actionable recommendations on what activities can best help Medicaid providers take advantage of incentive payments, achieve meaningful use and ultimately use health I.T. to improve health care for the Medicaid population," the notice states. "The information gathered under this project will also be used to inform the development of the Stage 2 and 3 Meaningful Use criteria."

More information is available here. AHRQ is accepting comments through March 21.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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