In July, we wrote about the speculation that Stage 2 of the Medicare incentive program was to be delayed until 2014. On November 30th, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confirmed that this would indeed be the case.
From ePrescribing to Clinical Decision Support, we've learned how to incorporate it all into meaningful use of EMR and EHR technology over the last 5 weeks!
It looked as if Core Measure 13, Clinical Summaries, was going to be the hardest objective to meet in meaningful use. And what's more, patients would in many cases not benefit from, or want to receive, the summary. Well, we have good news! Our contacts at CMS have clarified for us that as long as an offer is made to provide the clinical summary, the measure is satisfied, whether or not the patient declines to receive it. So it's way easier than we thought it would be. This is just another reason to jump in and achieve meaningful use in 2011.
We finished the Core Objectives of meaningful use last week, so this week we are moving on to the Menu Objectives!
This week we are wrapping up the Core Objectives for meaningful use of EMR/EHR technology!
Last week we covered Core Objectives 5-8 of meaningful use of EMR/EHR technology. Despite it being a government holiday, meaningful use waits for no one! So, I bring to you the next installment of our series: Core Objectives 9-12.
1. Look at the CMS attestation work sheet, followed by any other recommended training from your EHR vendor. In my experience, there is nothing that reduces anxiety about meaningful use faster than walking through the attestation work sheet. It turns something amorphous, abstract, and sometimes overwhelming into something quite manageable and concrete. Try it; you’ll see what I mean.
I’ve talked elsewhere about how quality customer support can make a powerful EHR optimally usable. This is especially true for the features of an ONC Certified EHR that are required for demonstrating meaningful use. Your Account Manager (yes, you’ll need one of those to help you navigate meaningful use!) is going to be your best friend long before you receive your $18,000 check from CMS.
Last week we covered Core Objectives 1-4 and today I will cover meaningful use of EMR/EHR technology for Core Objectives 5-8.
It’s definitely not too late to apply for up to $44,000 in Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentives available to eligible psychiatrists and mental health practices, but the meaningful use clock is ticking. According to the meaningful use timeline, those that purchase an ONC certified EHR, register, and begin to demonstrate meaningful use before October 1, 2011 will be able to attest to meaningful use in 2011 and receive $18,000 in reimbursement from Medicare in early 2012.