In the past months, I have been working with clients to assist them in understanding the Meaningful Use roadmap for 2014. As we round the corner for the remaining part of this calendar year, there is 1 last deadline date available for the eligible professional (EP) to meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use. This calendar date is October 1, 2014, and is the final opportunity for EPs to begin the 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use (unless the EP has been granted a hardship exemption).
The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology. Attestation is the part of the process to secure the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program reimbursements that requires providers to prove (attest to) that they are meaningfully using a certified EMR.
To receive an EHR incentive payment, providers have to show that they are “meaningfully using” their certified EHR technology by meeting certain measurement thresholds that range from recording patient information as structured data to exchanging summary care records. The CMS has established these thresholds for EPs, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs).
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An excerpt from an article originally published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, written by Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, VP and Chief Clinical Officer at Net Health