Tenet Healthcare operates 50 acute care hospitals in 11 states, generating 500,000 inpatient admissions and 4 million outpatient visits annually. The organization has attested for Medicaid electronic health records meaningful use in 49 hospitals and attested for Medicare in seven hospitals.

Medicaid attestation was an exercise in frustration, says Liz Johnson, R.N., vice president of applied clinical informatics at Tenet and a speaker at the Meaningful Use symposium Monday, Feb. 20 at HIMSS12. “We attested to Medicaid in 11 states and everyone one of those 11 states asked for different evidence.” To submit the evidence that Tenet has purchased or implemented meaningful use-certified EHRs, Tenet had to pull out the EHR contracts, redact proprietary vendor information and submit the contracts to the states.

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