As Wyoming’s leading IT consultants, Medicine Bow Technologies wants to be sure that healthcare business partners using an Electronic Medical Record are very aware of Meaningful Use.

Meaningful Use definition:

Meaningful Use is a Medicare and Medicaid program that awards incentives for using certified electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient care. To achieve Meaningful Use and avoid penalties, providers must follow a set of criteria that serve as a roadmap for effectively using an EHR.

Meaningful Use stages

CMS previously reported that Meaningful Use is implemented in a phased approach over a series of 3 stages:

  • Stage 1
    Promotes basic EHR adoption and data gathering.
  • Stage 2
    Emphasizes care coordination and exchange of patient information.
  • Stage 3
    Improves healthcare outcomes.

You will spend at least 2 years working to complete each stage before moving on to the next.

Did you know????

CMS recently released a final rule that specifies criteria which eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule’s provisions encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.

2015 Program Requirements

Objectives and Measures

  • All providers are required to attest to a single set of objectives and measures. This replaces the core and menu structure of previous stages.
  • For EPs, there are 10 objectives, including one consolidated public health reporting objective. For eligible hospitals and CAHs, there are 9 objectives, including one consolidated public health reporting objective.
  • In 2015, all providers must attest to objectives and measures using EHR technology certified to the 2014 Edition.
  • To assist providers who may have already started working on meaningful use in 2015, there are alternate exclusions and specifications within individual measures for providers who were previously scheduled to be in Stage 1 of meaningful use. These include:
    • Allowing providers who were previously scheduled to be in a Stage 1 EHR reporting period for 2015 to use a lower threshold for certain measures.
    • Allowing providers to exclude Modified Stage 2 measures in 2015 for which there is no Stage 1 equivalent.

EHR Reporting Period

  • Starting in 2015, the EHR reporting period for all providers will be based on the calendar year.
  • In 2015 only, the EHR reporting period for all providers will be any continuous 90-day period.
  • EPs may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90 day period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
  • Eligible hospitals and CAHs may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90 day period from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015.

Requirements for EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 Resources

EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule Overview and What You Need to Know for 2015 (click on the links below):

If you have not participated in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs previously, please visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website for more information on how to get started with participation in Meaningful Use.

Recent changes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program in 2015 (Modified Stage 2) though Stage 3 are available in the final rule.  Medicine Bow Technologies encourages providers who need more information on the requirements of the program to reach out to Health Technology Services. HTS is a department of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and the Regional Extension Center for Wyoming and Montana, and they assist eligible hospitals and providers with the requirements of the program.  Additional information is available on the HTS website or by contacting Deb Anderson at 307-772-1096.

Medicine Bow Technologies can assist users of EHR’s certified support personnel, security analysis’s, network and workstation hardware sourcing and installation as well as other IT consultant services and support. With offices in Laramie and Casper, Wyoming, MBT is well positioned to support healthcare providers throughout the state. We focus on designing tailored solutions for our customers assuring that our support services meet your strategic business goals.