Quality and Meaningful Use Incentives

Our award-winning, highly usable EHR and Practice Management software offers a proven model for Meaningful Use Attestation for both Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Meaningful Use:  Background and Benefits

Electronic Health Record software has been in the market for years, but the effectiveness of use varies by the structure of different EHRs, and the processes put in place by unique medical practices.  The Meaningful Use Program was established by the US Government as part of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act as a method to establish common benefits of the utilization of EHR systems across many practices.  To encourage adoption of Meaningful Use processes, the US Government is providing incentive payments to eligible providers that successfully attest to Meaningful Use requirements. Over the course of the program, incentives could be as large as $44,000 for Medicare (with a potential for a 10% increase if the practice meets certain criteria for underserved populations), or $63,750 for Medicaid.

Meaningful Use objectives and measures will evolve in three steps:

Stage 1

2011-2012

Data capture and sharing

Stage 2

2014

Advance clinical processes

Stage 3

2016

Improved outcomes
 

Electronically capturing health information in a standardized format More rigorous health information exchange (HIE) Improving quality, safety, and efficiency, leading to improved health outcomes
Using that information to track key clinical conditions Increased requirements for e-prescribing and incorporating lab results Decision support for national high-priority conditions
Communicating that information for care coordination processes Electronic transmission of patient care summaries across multiple settings Patient access to self-management tools
Initiating the reporting of clinical quality measures and public health information More patient-controlled data Access to comprehensive patient data through patient-centered HIE
Using Information to engage patients and their families in their care   Improving population health

Most medical practices would agree that a principal value of achieving MU attestation is receiving the financial incentive from the US Government. However, there are other benefits that practices can realize.

Meaningful use Stage 2 includes improved interoperability  and continuity of care across different medical settings and sources of electronic health data.  This will improve the accuracy and speed of providing quality healthcare to patients.  Also, included are additional methods to further educate, communicate and empower patients in their health.

For more information you may go to the Official CMS website:
http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Stage_2.html  (Main CMS Stage 2 page)
http://oncchpl.force.com/ehrcert?q=chpl   (Certified Health IT Product List "CHPL")
http://www.himss.org/meaningfuluse?navItemNumber=13303   (HIMSS MU Resource Center)

eMDs: Your Partner for Proven Meaningful Use Success

Significant financial incentives remain in place for practices willing to attest. Practices using eMDs certified EHR have experienced very high rates of success not just obtaining the first attestation, but sustaining their attestation over multiple years.

Superior clinical workflows and outcomes  are a core design point in our EHR. As a result, our EHR capabilities align well with Meaningful Use and supports the achievement of attestation. Because  the attestation requirements for Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2 can pose significant challenges for practices, eMDs provides a complete meaningful use solution with no extra charges.  The meaningful use toolkit includes:

  • Videos and training for each measure
  • Ongoing live and recorded client training webinars
  • A detailed Meaningful Use Attainment guide including screenshots so you fully understand how to meet criteria
  • A detailed Meaningful Use reporting guide which helps you understand the many flexible ways the system captures data needed to attest
  • Dashboards that help you track your progress against and highlight problem areas so you can take corrective actions early

eMDs is a trusted partner for our clients when it comes to Meaningful Use attestation.  We have helped thousands of physicians collect over $100,000,000 of incentive dollars.  More importantly, we have been actively involved in helping customers transform their practices so that they are positioned to take advantage of the rapidly changing movement from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement, meeting the goals of the Triple Aim.

  • Identify and implement practice changes required to support attestation
  • Monitor and evaluate your progress on a monthly basis
  • Support preliminary (test) attestation submissions

Compliance Specifics:

For eMDs Solution Series Meaninful Use compliance information click here .

For eMDs Cloud Solutions Meaningful Use compliance information click here .

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Scott Blattman, MD

Multi-Specialty, 40 providers
Hillcrest Medical

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Robert Segal, MD

Family Practice, 4 providers
Thompson Peak Family Care, PC

Scottsdale, AZ

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Ed Corbett, MD

Internal Medicine, 4 providers
Doctors of Internal Medicine

Plano, TX

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Eric Weidmann, MD

Family Practice, 9 providers
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Janice Johnston, MD

Multi-specialty, 17 providers
Arrowhead Health and Pain

Glendale, AZ

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KC Arnold, NP

2010 HIMSS Davies Ambulatory Award Winner
The Diabetes Center

Ocean Springs, MS

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James Holsinger, MD

2011 HIMSS Davies Ambulatory Winner
Keokuk, Iowa