WHAT IS MEANINGFUL USE?
The Meaningful Use program offers incentives to healthcare providers to implement electronic health record (EHR) technology. Meaningful Use sets specific objectives that eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals must achieve to qualify for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs According to CMS, “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”:
- Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
- Engage and empower patients and family
- Improve care coordination, and population and public health
- Maintain privacy and security of patient health information
- Provide more robust research data on health systems
During the next five years, there will be three stages:
- Stage 1 (Began 2011, Stage 1 -Provider Attestation for first two years) sets the baseline for electronic data capture and information sharing.
- Stage 2 (Available 2014 – Focus on Patient Engagement and Exchange)
- Stage 3 (expected to be implemented in 2018)
MedConnect EHR clients are collecting significant incentives. MedConnect EHR has the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” stamp of approval by earning Complete EHR certification. The designation officially deems MedConnect EHR software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
MedConnect EHR v2.3 2014 Edition, has received Complete Certification for Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 by the Drummond Group. The MedConnect EHR v2.3 is 2014 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This Complete EHR is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
MedConnect EHR v2.3 Holds Certificate No. 06262014‐2058‐1 Date Certified: 06/26/2014
Modules Tested: 170.314(a)(1‐15); 170.314(b)(1‐5, 7); 170.314(c)(1‐3); 170.314(d)(1‐8); 170.314(e)(1‐3); 170.314(f)(1‐3); 170.314(g)(2‐4)
Clinical Quality Measures tested: CMS002v3; CMS050v2; CMS068v3; CMS069v2; CMS117v2; CMS122v2; CMS123v2; CMS124v2; CMS125v2; CMS126v2; CMS127v2; CMS136v3; CMS138v2; CMS139v2; CMS146v2; CMS147v2; CMS148v2; CMS153v2; CMS154v2; CMS155v2; CMS156v2; CMS163v2; CMS165v2; CMS166v3
Additional software used: Data Motion
This certified product version may require ongoing monthly costs to support online patient education, secure messaging, and drug database access.
WHAT IS CHRONIC CARE MANAGEMENT?
According to CMS, “An estimated 117 million adults have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults have two or more chronic health conditions.” The Chronic Care Management Services Program offers reimbursement for health care providers that furnish care coordination and care management to those Medicare patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions. Chronic Care Management is defined by the services done outside the regular office visit including:
- 20 or more minutes of care management services
- Care plans that are personalized based on the patient’s individual needs and goals
- Check-ins from providers in between regular office visits to keep the patient on the right track, monitor progress, and offer help setting and meeting health goals
- Access to a health care professional 24/7
MedConnect’s Chronic Care Management module allows providers to keep their focus on improving patient engagement and quality of care while increasing revenue for the practice. Participation in the CMS Chronic Care Management Program also increases the potential incentives practices can earn from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. In order to be eligible for incentive payments, providers must maintain compliance with the program provisions. Doing this can become time consuming and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Our CCM module provides an easy-to-use documentation tool that records staff activity while automatically calculating coordination of care activity for a given month. Additional features include pinpointing eligible patients that meet CMS criteria using accessible grids, and the ability to print and export reports.
The MedConnect Chronic Care Management module will help ensure those requirements are met, while also boosting patient health and overall satisfaction.
Through customizable templates and clinical tools within our EHR, we can provide efficient and effective solutions for your own practice’s transition to an EHR system.