Meaningful use is here for the duration. Whether or not you choose to participate, it’s important to keep the goal of meaningful use in mind–to deliver better patient care. How? By encouraging patients to be involved in their own care, moving to uniform documentation, and transparent patient history. Documentation will be readily available and relevant throughout the patient’s life. In the long run, this will provide patients with more consistent and cohesive care. So let’s consider the basics leading to a successful attestation in meaningful use.
The foundation of success begins before you start your demonstration period. Knowledge is power, and knowledge will be the strongest tool to lead you to a successful attestation. Be sure you understand the long-term purpose of the program, and subsequently, your role as an eligible provider demonstrating meaningful use. With that understanding, the requirements to achieve a successful attestation will make more sense.
Use a complete EHR system to eliminate gaps in functionality. Doctors using modular systems need to pair their product with other certified systems to meet all of the requirements for meaningful use, contact your vendor if you have questions. Keep in mind that practice management systems will need to be paired with an ONC certified EHR to successfully attest. When choosing a certified solution, you’ll want to examine vendors and their solution offerings carefully. Find a vendor who takes a proactive approach to your needs and is committed to your success. Did you know that the number of solutions that are currently ONC 2014 certified for meaningful use Stage 2 is only about 10% of those certified for Stage 1? It’s important to find the vendor that stays ahead of the curve, so you won’t be left scrambling.
From there, review the criteria for successful attestation. You’ll need to understand the core and menu objectives, as well as the clinical quality measures required of you. Build momentum even before beginning your demonstration period. If you have a grasp of the goals you are working toward, you can begin early, and when you do begin your demonstration, you’ll already be on the road to attestation with no trouble. Tracking your progress at regular intervals along the way will make a tremendous difference to be sure you’re on schedule. You’ll want to be sure you’re using a solution that includes a meaningful use dashboard or calculator to make this task both useful and easy.
It’s never too early to prepare for the task before you, and it is preparation that will carry you to a successful attestation. If you have any questions about meaningful use, contact us at MeaningfulUse@eyefinity.com.
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