The 2-minute Guide: Meaningful Use of EMR/EHR


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Overview of Meaningful Use for EMR / EHR

Federal EMR incentive payments are available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for qualifying health care providers (referred to as Eligible Professionals or EPs in the federal regulations) who install and use of EMR systems.

While a maximum of $21,250 of Medicaid EMR incentive payments are independent of EMR use, the bulk of payments under Medicaid and all payments under Medicare require “meaningful use” by an EP of an EMR system accredited by a proper certification authority

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The 2-minute Guide: Meaningful Use of EMR/EHR

  1. 1. The 2-minute Guide:Meaningful Use of EMR/EHRSummer  2013Wednesday, June 12, 13
  2. 2. Eligible Professionals can receive as much as$44,000 in Meaningful Use incentivepayments over a five-year period throughMedicare and $63,750 in EMR incentivepayments over six years under Medicaid.Wednesday, June 12, 13
  3. 3. Meaningful UseStage 1Stage 2 and 3123Wednesday, June 12, 13
  4. 4. Current RegulationsMeaningful Use‣Federal EMR incentive payments are availableunder the American Recovery and ReinvestmentAct of 2009 (ARRA) for qualifying health careproviders (referred to as Eligible Professionals orEPs) who install and use EMR systems and candemonstrate “meaningful use”‣ Providers can choose to apply for either theMedicaid or Medicare incentive payment programthey are eligible but not for both4Wednesday, June 12, 13
  5. 5. Began in 2011Stage 1‣25 objectives/measures for EPS‣ Divided into a core set and a menu set, withdiffering requirements for hospitals and ambulatorycare providers‣ EPs must meet all 15 objective/measures in thePhase 1 Meaningful Use core measures and canchoose to defer up to five of the ten remainingobjective measures5Wednesday, June 12, 13
  6. 6. Stage 1Menu Measures‣ Drug formulary checks‣ Clinical lab test results*‣ Patient lists by condition‣ Patient-specific educationresources‣ Medication reconciliation*‣ Summary of care fortransferred patients*‣ Electronic immunizationdata*‣ Electronic epidemiologydata*‣ Patient care reminders*‣ Provide electronic accessto health information*‣ Demographics Reporting‣ Vital signs/chart changes*‣ Problem list/activediagnoses‣ Medication list‣ Allergy list‣ Computerized physicianorder entry (CPOE)*‣ Electronic prescriptions*‣ Drug-drug/drug-allergyinteraction checksCore Measures‣ Adult smoking status*‣ Clinical summaries*‣ Electronic copy of healthinformation*‣ Exchange electronicclinical information‣ Clinical decision supportrule‣ Data privacy and security‣ Clinical quality measures*Exclusion available6Wednesday, June 12, 13
  7. 7. Stage 2 and 3‣Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3 rules are expectedto emphasize health information exchange‣ Including requirements for incorporation of laboratoryresults, and the expectation that providers willelectronically transmit patient care summaries acrossunaffiliated providers and EMR systems‣ Stage 2 deadlines have been postponed until 20147Wednesday, June 12, 13
  8. 8. works to connect physicians to the best EMR companies, matching the rightEMR system with specific medical practices. is the world’s largest directory ofEMR software vendors. It is a privately held company based in Cambridge, MA whose mission is tobetter organize the EMR software market. The company was founded by seasoned technology andhealthcare professionals in 2010 after the passing of The Health Information Technology forEconomic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).For more information about Meaningful Use of EMR/EHR, please visit us at: can help!About UsLocation:55 Cambridge ParkwaySuite 103Cambridge, MA 02142Wednesday, June 12, 13
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