Take the Guesswork Out of Meaningful Use – Part 1

To Do: Meaningful UseIn one of our last blog pieces, we talked about timing for meaningful use. You don’t have to start January 1, but rather based on what works for you and your practice. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that Stage 3 would be postponed until 2017, but this does not affect your Stage 2 requirements.

In the meantime, there are a couple of other items that providers are talking about:

  • What is the difference between Stage 1 MU and Stage 2 MU?
  • Is there a difference between a “complete” and “modular” certified Electronic Health Record (EHR)?

Short answer? Yes. There is a difference in both counts. We’ll take a look at modular vs. complete EHR in this piece, and view meaningful use stage differences in future blogs.

CMS states that a certified EHR, “gives assurance to purchasers and other users that an EHR system or module offers the necessary technological capability, functionality, and security to help them meet the meaningful use criteria.” Having a certified product also helps you know that your systems can work with other systems and are secure.

A complete CEHRT (certified electronic health record technology) solution can help you meet, at a minimum, all of the meaningful use criteria. A modular product can help you attest to some of the objectives (but not all) and requires the use of other certified product(s) to meet all of the meaningful use criteria.

Which one should you use? The complete CEHRT or EHR module(s)? It depends on what makes sense for you and your business. To help take the guessing out of this, it is important to work with a company, like Eyefinity, that has experience and a successful track record to help you.

For more information about certified EHRs, you can visit HealthIT.gov. You can also go here for information on meaningful use.

Thank you, Eyefinity customers!

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Thank you, Eyefinity customers! We received the EyeVote Readers’ Choice Award for Practice Management Software Company for the third consecutive year. This award is only possible because of our awesome and loyal customers!

Thank you for telling us that we are the best practice management company. And thank you for your continued use of Eyefinity’s practice management solutions. We are pleased to work with the best eye-care providers across the country. It is a privilege to support your business so you can continue offering excellent care to your patients and enhance your business.

We have exciting plans to continue providing you with the best practice management products. We’re glad to be a part of your efforts, thank you for the opportunity, and I plan to keep Eyefinity as the leader in practice management for years to come!

Thank you!

Eyefinity wins 2013 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Award

Readers' Choice 2013For the third consecutive year, Eyefinity has received the EyeVote Readers’ Choice Award for Best Practice Management Software Company. This award is based on voting by readers of Vision Monday and 20/20.

Steve Baker, Eyefinity president, summed it up, “This award is only possible because of our awesome and loyal customers! We’re pleased to work with the best eye-care providers across the country, providing practice management solutions to help providers offer excellent care to their patients and enhance their business.”

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EHR is Mobile: Access EHR on Tablets

By Kathleen M. Andersen, ODKathleen Andersen

Electronic health records in the cloud can be easily accessed on mobile devices like tablets, enabling your staff greater efficiency and better service to patients.

EQUIP staff with mobile devices like iPads.
INTEGRATE use of EHR on device into patient flow.
FINE-TUNE observing what works best and how to best guard patient privacy.

Read the entire article: Access EHR on Tablets

Reprinted with permission from Review of Optometric Business.

Worried about Attesting for Meaningful Use?

Attestation Table 2014

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:

  • Medicare: 3-month requirement starting January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1.
  • Medicaid: any uninterrupted 90-day period

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.)