How do providers demonstrate Meaningful Use?
CMS’ Final Rule specifies functional objectives and clinical quality measures that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals must meet to demonstrate Stage 1 Meaningful Use.
Functional objectives require that you complete core and menu set measures.
Clinical quality measures require submission of core (or alternate core) and alternate set measures.
As shown below, eligible professionals must complete 20 functional objectives and 6 clinical quality measures; eligible hospitals must complete 19 functional objectives and 15 clinical quality measures.
Clinical Quality Measures
In their first year participating in the program, Medicaid eligible professionals and hospitals do not need to demonstrate Meaningful Use, and thus, are not required to report results of objectives and measures. They may use their first year of participation instead to adopt, implement, or upgrade existing EHR technologies. In such cases, the providers should attest to this and may be required to show proof of this purchase. For the remaining years of program participation (Years 2 to 6), they must demonstrate and electronically report on Meaningful Use measures. Allowing Medicaid eligible providers one year to adopt, implement, or upgrade their EHR technologies provides them a year’s worth of leeway and financial assistance in getting their EHR system operational before they must demonstrate Meaningful Use.
EHR Incentive Program – CMS’ overview of Meaningful Use and program requirements.
Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use – ONC provides background to providers and consumers on and the benefits of electronic health records.
Tips for Implementing Meaningful Use in the Safety Net Community – HRSA OHITQ webinar that offers guidance to providers for successfully achieving meaningful use and overcoming challenging barriers.
How One Hospital Intends to Show Meaningful Use of IT – Podcast, interview with Sue Schade, Vice President and CIO of Brigham and Women's and Faulkner's Hospitals.
Getting Started: A Meaningful Use Checklist – Presentation and checklist by Peter Cucchiara, the Institute for Family Health, to help providers assess readiness for demonstrating Meaningful Use.
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