The last Meaningful Use reporting period for Eligible Professionals is 2016. MIPS starts January 1, 2017. Click here to be taken to the MIPS homepage.
Meaningful Use Defined
Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:
- Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
- Engage patients and family
- Improve care coordination, and population and public health
- Maintain privacy and security of patient health information
Ultimately, it is hoped that the meaningful use compliance will result in:
- Better clinical outcomes
- Improved population health outcomes
- Increased transparency and efficiency
- Empowered individuals
- More robust research data on health systems
If your practice is not attesting for Meaningful Use, you could face Medicare payment adjustments in the future. If you’re planning on attesting for Meaningful Use, make sure the certified EHR you use is certified for 2014 measures (as ONCOCHART is), since a 2011 certified EHR is no longer be valid. Remember, failure to attest for Meaningful Use may lead to adjustments (deductions) from your reimbursements in future years.
In order to assist our customers in meeting Meaningful Use, we’ve created guides that will assist with meeting Meaningful Use using ONCOCHART.
On what stage of Meaningful Use are you?
In order to determine which stage of meaningful Use you’re on, please contact the EHR Information Center Help Desk at (888) 734-6433 / TTY: (888) 734-6563. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST
Once you’ve determined your progress in Meaningful Use, click the appropriate links below to find out how ONCOCHART can help you meet Meaningful Use.
Meaningful Use tools – ONCOCHART
- Meaningful Use 2016 – Stages 1 and 2
- Meaningful Use 2015 – Stages 1 and 2
- Clinical Quality Measures and PQRS 2016 and 2015 and 2014
- How to use the ONCOCHART Meaningful Use Calculator
- How to use the ONCOCHART Clinical Quality Measures/PQRS Calculator
These are the best practices you need to be implementing now regarding Meaningful Use!
- Make Meaningful Use a Priority! – We know you’re busy caring for your patients, but Meaningful Use isn’t going away. If you don’t successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use, you’ll possibly be subject to payment adjustments.
- Check early and check often – Don’t let attestation time be the first time you’ve looked at the ONCOCHART Meaningful Use calculator and ONCOCHART Clinical Quality Measures calculator.
- Stay up to Date! – As a Meaningful Use participant, you need to make it a point to always be running the latest version of ONCOCHART. If you’re not getting the update bulletin, contact ONCOCHART Technical Support so you can be added to the email list. You can also find the update bulletins on our Facebook Page.
- Delegation – Make one or two employees responsible for keeping track of Meaningful Use progress at your facility. These responsibilities should include checking the ONCOCHART calculators and the Unsatisfied Results report on at least a weekly basis. If this is done, you’ll be better equipped to resolve any issues sooner rather than later.
- Education – ONCOCHART Technical Support is here to assist, but you should educate yourself regarding Meaningful Use.
- Responsibilites – As an ONCOCHART client, you have the necessary tools to record your MU and CQM data. If you don’t do the work, ONCOCHART can’t record the data. Attesting and submitting your data on time is ultimately up to you.
- CMS – Signup for the CMS email updates. They are valuable resources. You can sign up for these emails at the bottom of the CMS homepage at CMS.gov
For your convenience, here are some helpful CMS links regarding Meaningful Use. Upon clicking one of the CMS links, you’ll leave ONCOCHART’s website and go to a website that is not operated by Bogardus Medical Systems, Inc. Bogardus Medical Systems, Inc and ONCOCHART are not responsible for the content or availability of linked sites.
Beginner’s Guides – CMS
- An Introduction to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals – CMS
eHealth Eligibility Assessment Tool – CMS
Registration and Attestation – CMS
Meaningful Use Overview and Requirements – CMS
- EHR Incentive Programs in 2015-2017 Overview Fact Sheet – CMS
- 2015 Program Requirements – CMS
- 2016 Program Requirements – CMS
- 2017 Program Requirements – CMS
FAQs – CMS
- Payment Adjustments & Hardship Information – CMS
- Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals – CMS
- Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs FAQs – CMS
- Stage 2 EHR Incentive Programs Supporting Documentation For Audits – CMS
- Meaningful Use Penalties – CMS
For a complete description of CMS-mandated “Costs & Limitations”, please visit: http://www.oncochart.com/costs-and-limitations.