We're talking all about profitability this month, and if you're participating in the Meaningful Use Incentive Program you could be helping your practice's profits. By participating in the program you'll receive incentive payments if you're successfully demonstrating Meaningful Use of your optometry EHR software.
To participate in The Meaningful Use Incentive Program you must attest to three stages: Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3. For each stage you must attest to three different sets of requirements: core objectives, menu objectives, and clinical quality measures (CQMs). We'll help you throught understanding the basics of some of these terms and requirements you'll need to complete in order to participate in Meaningful Use.
Understanding Common Terms about Optometry EHR to Get You Through Meaningful Use
What is Attestation?
Attestation is the process of declaring that you and your staff are successfully completing all of the requirements of Meaningful Use in order to receive incentive payments from the government. In order to attest to Meaningful Use and receive incentive payments, you must be using a certified practice management and EHR software. Before you can attest you must register online with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). From there, you'll attest to the three stages of Meaningful Use.
To attest to each stage you must meet three sets of requirements: core objectives, menu objectives, and CQMs.
Core objectives is one of the sets of requirements you will need to complete for attestation. The set of core objectives is different for each stage of Meaningful Use. If you've already attested to Stage 1, you'll be familiar with core objectives. Each objective gives a specific description of a requirement you must meet, and some objectives will have exclusions for certain circumstances. Stage 1 requires you to meet 15 core objectives, and in Stage 2 you're required to meet 17.
Here's an example of a core objective from Stage 2:
Core Objective - Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit.
What is Requires - For more than 50% of office visits clinical summaries are provided to patients within 1 business day.
Exclusions - If you do not conduct any office visits, you're excluded.
Menu obejctives is another one of the sets of requirements you'll need to complete for attestation. In Stage 1 you're required to complete 5 menu objectives from a list of 10, whereas in Stage 2 you're required to meet 3 from a list of 6. While some of these objectives may have exclusions, you can't select a menu objective and claim an exclusion if there are other menu objectives that you could report on.
Here's an example of a menu objective from Stage 2:
Menu Objective - Record patient family history.
What it Requires - You must record family health history for more than 20% of your patients. The health history must include one or more first-degree relatives.
Exclusions - You can be excluded if you have no office visits during the reporting period.
Clinical Quality Measures
CQMs is the third set of requirements that need to be completed in order to attest for Meaningful Use. They serve as a way to assess how well you and your staff successfully deliver clinical services appropriate for each patient. They measure many aspects of patient care including: health outcomes, clinical processes, patient safety, efficient use of resources, core coordination, patient engagements, population and public health, and clinical guidelines.
Starting in 2014, you're required to report on CQMs using the new 2014 criteria, regardless of whether you're participating in Stage 1 or Stage 2 attestation. CQMs must be reported electronically to meet the 2014 Meaningful Use criteria.
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