See How Much Meaningful Use Means to Your Practice
Performing and conforming to Meaningful Use is a top priority for practices today as they strive to collect incentives and avoid penalties through the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Yet beyond the financial incentives, Meaningful Use is truly intended to enhance the accuracy, efficiency, and quality of patient care. EHRs help achieve these goals in a number of ways:
- The convenience of accessing patient records from any location.
- The ease in sharing patient data with other providers and systems.
- The assurance of accurate patient data for better diagnoses.
- The efficiency of streamlined practice management that lets you accomplish more with less time and effort.
- The means to engage patients to improve their health outcomes.
Since gMed’s solutions are certified for Meaningful Use, you can be confident that your practice will meet the criteria and receive these benefits. While the financial incentives are worthy rewards, you can see that Meaningful Use means much more to your practice and to the practice of medicine.
What is Meaningful Use?
Meaningful Use is the set of standards established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs. Medical professionals and facilities become eligible to receive financial incentives and avoid penalties by meeting the criteria for this set of standards through the use of certified EHR technology and the fulfillment of clinical measures. There are three stages of Meaningful Use:
- In Stage 1, your practice must prove its adoption of EHR technology and meet specified clinical quality measures.
- In Stage 2, your practice must demonstrate its use of EHR technology to improve the quality of patient care through better care coordination, greater clinical support, and higher patient engagement.
- Stage 3 builds on the previous two stages and involves the use of EHR to improve patient outcomes.
By successfully meeting all of these criteria, your practice qualifies for Meaningful Use and becomes eligible to receive incentive payments.
The Advantages of Achieving Meaningful Use
While the financial incentives can improve your bottom line, there are many more benefits that result in quality patient care. These valuable benefits include:
- Better access to information – EHR technology provides superior access to the patient information needed for accurate diagnoses.
- Improved care coordination – Patient information can be easily shared among multiple providers and healthcare systems for better collaborative care.
- Higher quality of care – The availability of more complete and accurate patient information allows physicians to provide the best possible care.
- Patient empowerment – Patients can be more involved in their healthcare through digital access to their medical information, physicians, and care management.
To learn more about Meaningful Use and the criteria needed for each stage to qualify for financial incentives, please visit http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Meaningful_Use.html