Meaningful Use Stage 2 Esthee Van Staden September 2014
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Meaningful Use Stages New Stage Announced Stage IV – Care Plans, Patient Participation Paul Tang, M.D., Vice Chair for Health IT. 1/8/2013 “Stage 4 is moving toward the learning health system,” Tang said, “for both professionals and patients, so that we make better and better use of data.”
What Are Stage 2 Objectives of the EHR Incentive Programs? 3 Menu Measures 17 Core Measures CQM’s Stage 2 Meaningful Use
Clinical Quality Measures – Overview Clinical quality measures (CQMs) are tools that help us measure and track the quality of healthcare services provided by eligible professionals (EPs). These measures are based on a provider’s ability to deliver high-quality care or relate to long term goals for health care quality. CMS selected the recommended core set of CQMs for EPs based on several factors: • Health Outcomes • Clinical Processes • Patient Safety • Efficient use of Healthcare resources • Care Coordination • Patient engagements • Population and Public Health • Clinical Guidelines
CQMs – 2014 and Beyond EPs must report on 9 of the 64 approved CQMs Recommend core CQMs – encouraged but not required • 9 CQMs for the adult population • 9 CQMs for the pediatric population • NQF 0018 strongly encouraged since controlling blood pressure is high priority goal in many national health initiatives.
Final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29, 2014 The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology.
CMS strongly advises that your practice continues to expedite your upgrades and Meaningful Use preparations to meet the 2014 requirements and timelines. Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs includes several objectives that require information to be shared with another party. Three of these objectives—Clinical Summary, Patient Electronic Access, and Summary of Care—outline specific data elements needed to meet the objective. While some of the data elements are common between these three objectives, other data elements are individual to each objective.
Exchanging Information Electronically Under the Stage 2 core objectives to provide patients the ability to view online, download and transmit their health information, more than 5 percent of patients seen by the EP view, download, or transmit to a third party their health information.
Secure Messaging Under the Stage 2 core objective to use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information, a secure message must be sent using the electronic messaging function of Certified EHR Technology by more than 5 percent of unique patients seen by an EP during the EHR reporting period.
What if my EMR doesn’t have Secure Messaging Superscripts offers a simple solution where EP’s can sign up and use their messaging service to meet the MU requirement. http://surescripts.com/products-and-services/clinical-network-services/basic-messaging