Race, Ethnicity, and Preferred Language Reporting

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As part of our development toward Meaningful Use compliance under the HITECH act, we've added reporting fields for race, ethnicity, and preferred language to the client edit info page.

You are not required to fill out these fields.

If you choose to fill out these fields for Meaningful Use statistical reporting, you can read the government's rules for reporting: 

http://m.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg_race-ethnicity

http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/downloads/7_Record_Demographics.pdf (The Appendix offers definitions for race and ethnicity responses.)

 

Race & Ethnicity options

Currently we offer the race and ethnicity options recommended by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We will add additional options when the OMB updates their recommendation for statistical reporting.

Race options:

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian or Pacific Islander
  • Black
  • White

Ethnicity options:

  • Hispanic origin
  • Not of Hispanic origin

 

It is important to note:

Currently there is no Meaningful Use requirement (or financial benefit) for psychologists and many other behavioral health providers:

Although all providers are not eligible to receive incentive payments under the Health Information Technology for Economic Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the benefits of adoption, exchange and integration of electronic health records (EHR) are not limited to a particular group or market. For instance, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners may be eligible for the meaningful use, however, other behavioral health providers including psychologist, clinical social workers, community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, substance abuse treatment programs, opioid treatment programs, licensed therapists, etc. are not eligible.

http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/behavioral-health

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