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.

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