Monday, September 01, 2014

 


 
Meaningful Use FAQs

What is "Meaningful Use"?:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specifies three main components of Meaningful Use:

  • The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
  • The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
  • The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

Simply put, "meaningful use" means providers need to show they're using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.

How do I Meet Meaningful Use Requirements?

To qualify for incentive payments, meaningful use requirements must be met in the following ways:

  • Medicare EHR Incentive Program—Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology every year they participate in the program.
  • Medicaid EHR Incentive Program—Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals may qualify for incentive payments if they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use in their first year of participation. They must successfully demonstrate meaningful use for subsequent participation years.
  • Adopted: Acquired and installed certified EHR technology. (For example, can show evidence of installation.)
  • Implemented: Began using certified EHR technology. (For example, provide staff training or data entry of patient demographic information into EHR.) 
  • Upgraded: Expanded existing technology to meet certification requirements. (For example, upgrade to certified EHR technology or add new functionality to meet the definition of certified EHR technology.)

Who is an Eligible Professional under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?

Eligible professionals under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program include:

  • Physicians (primarily doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy)
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Certified nurse-midwife
  • Dentist
  • Physician assistant who furnishes services in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Clinic that is led by a physician assistant.

To qualify for an incentive payment under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, an eligible professional must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum 30% Medicaid patient volume*
  • Have a minimum 20% Medicaid patient volume, and is a pediatrician
  • Practice predominantly in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Center and have a minimum 30% patient volume attributable to needy individuals

* Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) patients do not count toward the Medicaid patient volume criteria.

Who is an Eligible Professional under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program?

Eligible professionals under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program include:

  • Doctor of medicine or osteopathy
  • Doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine
  • Doctor of podiatry
  • Doctor of optometry
  • Chiropractor

How can I use e-MD’s to qualify for Meaningful Use Measures?

e-MD’s has provided informative webinars regarding how to use version 7.0 (ONC certified version) for the Core and Menu sets of Stage I objectives. To watch these videos:

(Note: Account # is your office’s main telephone number).  e-MD’s will send a confirmation, when the registered user login is activated.

Where can I find the EHR Incentive MU Core & Menu Set Measure Table?

Go to: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/EP-MU-TOC.pdf

What are the requirements for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (2011 and 2012)?

Meaningful use includes both a core set and a menu set of objectives that are specific to eligible professionals or eligible hospitals and CAHs.

For eligible professionals, there are a total of 25 meaningful use objectives.  To qualify for an incentive payment, 20 of these 25 objectives must be met.

  • There are 15 required core objectives.
  • The remaining 5 objectives may be chosen from the list of 10 menu set objectives.

For eligible hospitals and CAHs, there are a total of 24 meaningful use objectives. To qualify for an incentive payment, 19 of these 24 objectives must be met.

  • There are 14 required core objectives.
  • The remaining 5 objectives may be chosen from the list of 10 menu set objectives.              


What are the requirements for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use?

Click here for resources to help further you along in the Meaningful Use process

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