Meaningful Use of an EHR

MedConnect EHR v2.3 2014 Edition, has received Complete Certification for Meaningful Use 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.  See MediSYS Certification for details.

 What is Meaningful Use?

There are three main parts of Meaningful Use of an EHR as specified by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:

  • The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing and data capture.
  • 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.

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.”

How does this work each year?

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)

Payment adjustments will be applied beginning on January 1, 2015 based on previous year(s) activity.  The payment adjustment is 1% per year and is cumulative for every year that an eligible provider is not a meaningful user.

 2014 Meaningful Use

In 2014, eligible professionals (EPs) will be in either Stage 1 or Stage 2 based on the first year of meaningful use participation.  Regardless of Stage, all EPs must use a 2014 Certified Electronic Health Technology to participate in a meaningful use program.  In addition, the submission of Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) applies to both stages.  For 2014, stage 1 and 2, some meaningful use measure numerators may be populated based on activity occurring before, during or after the reporting period rather than just during the reporting period.

Keeping You Informed

MediSYS is committed to keeping you informed on all changes with regards to Meaningful Use and the Incentive Programs.  Please contact us at ehr@medisysinc.com with questions.