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MU3 and transitions of care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recently released new rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) ┬ádefine transitions of care and include elements that directly affect transitions of care.

As MedCity News reported: “For hospitals, the definition includes all inpatient discharges and emergency room admissions where follow-up care is ordered by an authorized provider, regardless of how much information is available to the receiving provider.”

Further, the news service reported, “The Summary of Care … is still sent and required, because it is tailored to the needs of the clinicians at the next level of care, and accessing the EHR does not support the workflow of those clinicians. This last point about workflow addresses challenges observed in the market around portal access to patient records that do not support the critical workflow needs of the receiving provider.”


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