Two Birds with One Meaningful Use Stone?
The achievement of Meaningful Use (MU) can be an arduous path. Whenever there is an opportunity to take advantage of legitimate short cuts, I’m all for them. Here is one example for hospitals and other organizations that have a high number of eligible professionals (EP). I received a call from a hospital MU coordinator this week who is responsible for making sure that over 150 EPs meet MU. More than 30 of those EPs would be attesting for Stage 1 MU. She was hitting a wall trying to obtain documentation for those first year Stage 1 EPs for the public health menu measure for Immunization Submission. Did she need to obtain separate documentation that each individual had “Performed at least one test of certified EHR technology’s capacity to submit electronic data to immunization registries….”? Thankfully, in many situations the answer from CMS is “No” as clarified in the FAQ below.
Question: For Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use objectives of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs that require submission of data to public health agencies, if multiple eligible professionals (EPs) are using the same certified EHR technology across several physical locations, can a single test or onboarding effort serve to meet the measures of these objectives?
CMS Response: The Stage 2 Final Rule (CMS-0044-F) changed the way shared Certified EHR Technologies are handled for testing, registration and onboarding of public health agencies for both Stage 1 and Stage 2. Previously, if multiple EPs are using the same certified EHR technology in different physical locations/settings (e.g., different practice locations), there must be a single test performed for each physical location/setting……Under changes made in the Stage 2 Final Rule, providers within the same organization that use the same certified EHR technology and share a network for which their organization either has operational control of or license to use can conduct one test or one single effort to register and onboard that covers all providers in the organization. For example, if a large group practice of EPs with multiple physical locations uses the same EHR technology and those locations are connected using a network that the group has either operational control of or license to use, then a single test would cover all EPs in that group to meet this objective.
This is but one example of currently available options to reduce the burden of achieving and documenting MU. In the coming weeks we will shine a light on a few more.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 2 pm Eastern/1 pm Central
CMS EHR Incentive audits will increase in 2015. At risk are many thousands, and in some cases several millions, of dollars CMS will look to recoup for a failed audit. On this webinar the EMR Advocate team presents real world case studies and “lessons learned” in their experience with supporting over 100 eligible hospitals and professional who have undergone a CMS EHR Incentive audit.
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