What is “Meaningful Use”?
Your practice management system and electronic medical record help you run your business, but you can also take advantage of “Meaningful Use” payments, amounting to thousands of dollars for each eligible provider from CMS over the next few years and avoid any penalties. If you are using your system the way it should be used, then why leave money on the table?
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. Demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHRs takes time and resources. Eligible professionals and can receive financial support from the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and qualify for EHR incentive payments depending on the year starting to report.
PSM staff can help you set up your system correctly and show you how to track your compliance in order to qualify for Meaningful Use dollars, and re-qualify in subsequent years.
2015 Program Requirements
CMS recently released a final rule that specifies criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule’s provisions encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.
Here’s some of what you need to know about meeting EHR Incentive Programs requirements in 2015:
Objectives and Measures
- All providers are required to attest to a single set of objectives and measures. This replaces the core and menu structure of previous stages.
- For EPs, there are 10 objectives, including one consolidated public health reporting objective. For eligible hospitals and CAHs, there are 9 objectives, including one consolidated public health reporting objective.
- In 2015, all providers must attest to objectives and measures using EHR technology certified to the 2014 Edition.
- To assist providers who may have already started working on meaningful use in 2015, there are alternate exclusions and specifications within individual measures for providers who were previously scheduled to be in Stage 1 of meaningful use. These include:
- Allowing providers who were previously scheduled to be in a Stage 1 EHR reporting period for 2015 to use a lower threshold for certain measures.
- Allowing providers to exclude Modified Stage 2 measures in 2015 for which there is no Stage 1 equivalent.
Meaningful Use Readiness
Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs
We can also discuss customized MU services, including on-site assistance or other related projects.
As part of your readiness assessment, we work with you on basic system education specific to meaningful use. Our services help expand your knowledge of the system in the areas that are not only most critical to demonstrating meaningful use, but also to help you run your practice more efficiently.
Please contact us if you would additional information, including pricing.