Worried about Attesting for Meaningful Use?

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This graphic shows meaningful use timing.

If you’re concerned about meaningful use (MU) and how you’re going to achieve the objectives in Stage 1 and/or Stage 2, you’re not alone. If you’re a little unsure about the timing of it all, there is plenty of time to get going. And – if you’ve already attested for Stage 1, then you’re right on track for Stage 2.

As a reminder, or introduction for those who aren’t as familiar with the topic, MU is defined as positively affecting patient care through the use of certified EHRs. There are currently three stages of meaningful use (with future stages still in planning/definition):

  • Stage 1 started in 2011
  • Stage 2 begins in 2014
  • Stage 3 begins in 2017

Each stage of MU has required objectives and a menu of “optional” objectives from which to choose. Stage 2 for example has a total of 20 objectives that must be met by eligible providers. This includes 17 core objectives and 3 menu objectives to choose from a list of 6. To receive Federal incentive funds, you must successfully attest.

The most frequent question we’re hearing now is, “What is the timing to attest?” You don’t have to start in January. If you decide that later in the year is better for you and your practice, you can do that as well. There are also some timing requirement differences between Medicaid and Medicare that you should be aware of:

  • Medicaid: any uninterrupted 90-day period
  • Medicare: 90-day requirement starting January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1.

Eyefinity is ready to help you with your MU planning and requirements as well as all aspects of managing your practice. Learn more here.

(Note: CMS has extended Stage 2 MU attesting through 2016. We’ll update information as we have more specifics.)

The Top Three Things that You Can Do to Minimize the Challenges of Meaningful Use

Steve-BakerWith all the talk about Electronic Health Records (EHR) in the medical industry these days, it is easy to be overwhelmed about the complexity. One aspect of EHR is Meaningful Use (MU) and the associated three stages for attesting. MU presents some challenges, but it can also be an opportunity to improve your business and enrich your patient relationships.

Here are the top 3 things you can do to keep moving forward and ultimately turn those challenges into positive opportunities:

  1. Evaluate your situation
  2. Develop a plan
  3. Use a Certified EHR system

Read more in this article by Eyefinity® president Steve Baker.

The Potential of Google Glass

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You’ve heard of Google Glass, right? Been thinking about how it might be used in your practice? Check out the article in EYE2 to see more about one of the most exciting technologies in the last decade with so much potential for VSP network providers. Matthew Alpert, OD and VSP board member shares that, “Glass has many potential benefits for the profession of optometry and the patients VSP serves.”

Read article here. 

The Power Hour with Steve Baker and Ryan Wineinger, OD

powerhour_logo_22march2012_RGBUSE THISEHR, MU stages 1 and 2, cloud computing, improving the patient experience – all important considerations in today’s practice. If you haven’t already, check out Eyefinity® president Steve Baker and Ryan Wineinger, OD, discuss these important topics on The Power Hour Internet radio show, hosted by Gary Gerber, OD.

The Power Hour is optometry’s only live talk radio show that can be heard every Wednesday night at 9p.m. ET, offering a live discussion vehicle for current practice-building events in optometry, political viewpoints and clinical topics.

Listen:

Doctor Anticipates the Convenience of Cloud-based EHR

Dr. SchmidtAmanda Schmidt, OD, of Fresno, Calif., had been an ExamWRITER® user for two years before volunteering to test the conversion to a new cloud-based system called Eyefinity® EHR. She’s expecting it will bring some convenient changes for her. Notably, she won’t have to worry about hardware purchases and maintenance. She’ll be able to access patient records easily from home. “In terms of support, since it’s cloud-based, Eyefinity will be managing it, and that will make it much easier for me.”

For example, even though Eyefinity’s IT support people would manage the updates, those events needed to be scheduled and a support person had to come into the office. Now those updates will be done remotely. For major changes like the conversion to ICD-10 codes, for example, that will be much more convenient. As often as codes change, that simplicity becomes even more important.

Read entire article: Patient Records in the Cloud

Utilize EHR to Enhance Doctor-Patient Interactions

By Palmer N. Lee, ODDr. Palmer Lee

Electronic records can improve interaction between doctor and patient in the exam room resulting in more meaningful discussions of eye health and lifestyle needs.

When facing your patient in the exam room, it can be easy to overlook important eye health and lifestyle issues to discuss. It helps if you have a record at your fingertips prompting to you to talk about these things with each patient. That’s what electronic records does in the exam room for me–provides an easy-to-access file of data on patients including past eye health, vision complaints, diagnoses and past purchases that I can use to start in-depth conversations. Here is how my practice uses our electronic records, ExamWRITER, with our practice management system, OfficeMate, to facilitate enhanced interaction between doctor and patient in the exam room.

Read the entire article: Utilize EHR to Enhance Doctor-Patient Interactions

Reprinted with permission from Review of Optometric Business.

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