Understanding Meaningful Use Objectives, Part 2

A message from James Kirchner, OD, Chief Professional Officer for Eyefinity/OfficeMate:

Dr. James Kirchner

In a previous article, I took you through the first six Meaningful Use (MU) objectives in the “core” group as established by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). In this edition, I’m going to explain the remaining nine MU objectives. Remember, CMS divided the 25 meaningful use objectives into two groups: the first group of 15, called “core” objectives, and the second group of 10, called “menu” objectives. The directive from CMS is that eligible providers must complete all 15 core items and at least five of the 10 menu items, for a total of 20, to meet MU requirements. As I’ve mentioned before, there are exclusions available to the eligible provider, allowing noncompletion of an objective, yet fulfilling MU. I will address these exclusions in a future Trends and Tactics.

If you missed the first six from the last article, you can still read it on our blog. Remember, for all of these easy-to-accomplish MU objectives, OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10 will provide the necessary tools that allow you to fulfill the requirements.

Here are the remaining nine core objectives:

1.     CPOE (Computer Physician Order Entry) for medication orders
More than 30% of unique patients, with at least one medication in their medication list as
seen by the EP, must have at least one medication ordered using CPOE.

2.     Implement drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks.
The EP has enabled this functionality for the entire EHR reporting period.

3.     Implement one clinical decision support rule and the ability to track compliance
with the rule.

OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10 will give you this ability.

4.     Report clinical quality measures to CMS or the state.
Extension of PQRI reporting using OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10

5.     Protect electronic health information created or maintained by the certified EHR technology through the implementation of appropriate technical capabilities.
OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10 will provide this functionality.

6.     Generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically (eRx).
More than 40% of all permissible prescriptions written by the EP are transmitted
electronically using certified EHR technology.

7.     Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information (including diagnostic test results, problem list, medication lists, medication allergies, discharge summary, procedures), upon request.
More than 50% of all unique patients of the EP who request an electronic copy of their
health information are provided it within three business days.

8.     Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit.
Clinical summaries provided to patients for more than 50% of all office visits within three
business days

9.     Capability to exchange key clinical information electronically (for example, problem list, medication list, medication allergies, diagnostic test results) among providers of care and patient authorized entities
Performed at least one test

Now you have seen all 15 core objectives that provide meaningful use. In my next article, we’ll look at the 10 menu objectives. Remember, your certified EHR must provide you with the tools to easily fulfill the objectives. OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10 is certified and will give you those tools. We want to enable you to qualify for the funds associated with meaningful use and help you provide the best care to your patients. The time to register for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is now, even if you don’t have your certified EMR in place. We encourage you to register now.

Meaningful Strategies to Meaningful Use: We’ll Show You How (cont’d)

Dr. James Kirchner

A message from Eyefinity/OfficeMate’s Chief Professional Officer, Dr. James Kirchner:

As you know, eligible professionals will need to be using a “Certified” EHR system to attest to meaningful use and collect their incentive payments. OfficeMate/ExamWRITER version 10 became “certified” by CCHIT (one of the three ATCBs) on October 29, 2010, as a “Complete EHR.”  This means that you’ll be able to use our certified version to provide meaningful use for at least 90 consecutive days during 2011. Registration can begin after January 1, 2011, at a yet to be named CMS Web site. During 2011, after you’ve fulfilled the meaningful use objectives, you’ll be eligible for incentive pay. That’s up to $18,000 per provider in your practice for 2011, and a grand total of up to $44,000 over 5 years!

I’ve asked two colleagues—Lorie Lippiatt, OD, and Kim Castleberry, OD,—to share their thoughts regarding provider skepticism that government will not fulfill the promise of incentive payments to eligible providers:

There are many skeptics out there who insist there will be no money to eligible providers, even after following the government guidelines. These are probably the same skeptics who have not kept up to date with PQRI reporting over the past three years, and who have not deployed ePrescribing. If they had been reporting PQRI codes and been using ePrescibing for the past two years, they would have realized the payments for these programs are being distributed and would have a check in the bank. In fact, we’ve received both of our PQRI government incentive checks and our eRx payments in the fall of 2010 for the year 2009. As for those skeptics who insist the program will dissolve because of the impacts of the congressional changes, we point out that meaningful use funds are secure as they are drawn from the Medicare Trust Funds held by the U.S. Treasury, and are therefore not subject to annual Congressional budget appropriations or oversight.

Now is the time to deploy OfficeMate, and more specifically, ExamWRITER, so you too can be eligible to receive your bonus incentive checks. We are sure glad we did!

And remember, we’re here to provide valuable resources and tools to help you establish meaningful use.  Join us for an upcoming Webinar, January 25 and January 27, 2011, at 8am and 5pm PT, featuring a presentation and discussion of the required meaningful use components.

Visit eyefinityofficemate.com for more information on achieving meaningful use, applying for stimulus funds, and registering for a Webinar. We’ll show you how.

Virtual Users’ Group Meeting: Don’t Wait, Sign Up Now!

We have been getting a lot of practices registering for our annual Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (vUGM), which is just a couple of weeks away. The vUGM runs from July 26–30 and boasts 37 different course topics, making this a venue that has something for everyone in the office.

Our first two user group meetings were held in person in Newport Beach, California. Both meetings were wildly successful, and the attendance exceeded all expectations.

Meeting in person was great, but we know that, in this economy, practices are looking for cost-effective ways to train their staff. Since there is no travel involved to attend a virtual users’ group meeting, it’s no surprise that many practices are jumping on this economically sound opportunity to refresh their knowledge and learn a new trick or two. Not only are practices saving on airfare, but they don’t need to register each person; the whole practice can attend on one low ticket price of $150.

Additionally, there is no limit to the number of classes a person or practice can take, and attendees can view recordings of each session starting a few weeks after the vUGM to catch the sessions they missed. Last year, many offices paid the ticket price just to get access to the recordings, which had over 5,000 viewings.

Because there are no travel arrangements to be made, we expected many practices to wait until the last minute to register, but so many practices have registered early that this vUGM looks to be most successful yet.

The deadline to register is July 19, but don’t wait. Sign up now if you haven’t already. Details and registration information can be found at http://www.officemate.net/usersgroup.aspx.

“See” you there!

Don’t Miss the ExamWRITER Educational Event in Houston!

Rebecca J. is the Director of Education for Eyefinity/OfficeMate

Electronic medical records continue to be a hot-button issue throughout all of eyecare. Eyecare professionals all over the country are wondering about the best way to implement EMRs if they haven’t already done so, or wondering how to unlock the full potential of their EMR if they are already utilizing them.  To address these needs, Eyefinity/OfficeMate is launching a series of ExamWRITER EMR educational events to answer your questions up close and personal!

Our ExamWRITER educational event is kicking off in Houston, Texas next month (May 10-13) and you don’t want to miss it. Attendees can choose from two courses, geared for new users with limited experience, or for existing ExamWRITER users, who want to better understand the capabilities and efficiencies that ExamWRITER can bring to their practice.

Beginning ExamWRITER, designed for new users or those who have not yet begun using EMRs, will feature Eyefinity/OfficeMate trainers Phernell Walker and Valerie Manso, who will help you develop an implementation plan tailored for your practice.

Practices who have already implemented ExamWRITER are encouraged to attend the second course offering: ExamWRITER User. Dr. Ryan Wineinger will co-lead this course, which offers a unique peer-to-peer component, helping practices get the most out of ExamWRITER. Dr. Wineinger is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, and an ExamWRITER user at his practice, Wineinger Vision Associates in Shawnee, Kansas.

For complete details of the courses and registration info, visit officemate.net or call 800.269.3666. Stay tuned to the blog for more information on upcoming ExamWRITER educational events and what cities we’ll be coming to.

Free Webinar on Leveraging eBuy for Frame Board Efficiency

Eyefinity/OfficeMate is offering a free webinar, “If It’s not on the Frame Board, It’s not Going to Sell!” on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 11 a.m. PST.

Koi R. is a practice marketing consultant for Eyefinity/OfficeMate
Koi R. is a practice marketing consultant for Eyefinity/OfficeMate

There’s no better time to use eBuy to keep your frame board stocked with the styles your patients want. Plus, maximize your potential to sell more and make more money.

Offices just like yours have realized how easy, effective, and efficient eBuy really is. Attend our free Webinar and learn firsthand how one successful office makes eBuy work for them.

If It’s not on the Frame Board, It’s not Going to Sell!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 11 a.m. PST

Spots are filling up fast—you don’t want to miss it!

Login to eyefinity.com, click eLearn, and click the Live Online Training link to sign up today!