3 Reasons why ‘Meaningful use’ is Health Care Providers’ bully.
For the health care providers, this is what Meaningful Use is.
Let’s start with what Meaningful Use is…” a qualification to receive federal funding for health information technology, specifically, the use of electronic health records.”
There are 3 stages in Meaningful Use. Stage 1 criteria (already in effect) set the baseline for electronic data capture and information sharing. Stage 2 (expected to be implemented in 2014) and Stage 3 (expected to be implemented in 2016) will continue to expand on that baseline.
So how are they bullying health care providers?
There are 25 objectives for qualified professional and 24 for hospitals and CAHs (critical access hospitals). In order to qualify you must meet 20 and 19 of those objectives, respectively.
1) If you didn’t meet their criteria and fulfill their meaningful use objectives by 2011, you will not receive incentive payments.
2) If you fail to implement an Electronic Health Record system by 2015 you get penalized.
3) Medicare will be cutting payment amounts to individuals that do no comply.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 19 mailed the first Medicare checks, totaling $75 million, to physicians who had attested that they had achieved meaningful use of their electronic health records (EHRs).
Don’t get bullied, just get compliant. The benefits definitely outweigh the consqeunces.
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About Edson Monteiro.
Edson is a compliance & security specialist, as the President of Sentinel Digital Systems and author of Tech-Source blog, he helps small businesses meet guidelines and saving them big bucks on penalties.