With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the federal government has tried to make electronic health records (EHR) systems a reality for every healthcare practitioner. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) section (H.R. 1-113) of the ARRA bill contains $19.2 billion in incentives for implementing EHR systems and other HIT.
This landmark legislation is about promoting the “meaningful use” of EHRs to connect care settings and providers so patients receive better, safer care. It’s about using the power of HIT to improve efficiency and reduce healthcare costs.
Meaningful Use Regulatory Definition
The Act provides that an Eligible Professional (EP) shall be considered a meaningful EHR user for an EHR reporting period for a payment year if they meet the following three requirements:
1. use of a certified EHR technology in a meaningful manner
2. that the certified EHR technology is connected in a manner that provides for the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of care; and
3. that, in using certified EHR technology, the provider submits to the Secretary information on clinical quality measures and such other measures selected by the Secretary.
Certified EHR Systems
Practice Partner version 9.5, Medisoft Clinical v17, and Lytec MD 2011 recently earned certification as “Complete” electronic health record (EHR) systems under the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) process. The software was certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, as 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for Eligible Providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.* Certification was granted on December 6, 2010.
Meaningful Use Tables by Certified EHR System
- Practice PartnerMU_Objectives_Practice_Partner.pdf
- Medisoft ClinicalMU Objectives_Medisoft_Clinical.pdf
- Lytec MDMU Objectives_Lytec MD.pdf
What You Can – and Should – Do Now
The later a healthcare provider starts the EHR implementation process, the faster ramp-up or implementation process will be required. There is a great incentive to start now – and much progress can be made with your EHR implementation.
Hospitals and physician practices that do not adopt EHRs will incur financial penalties – in the form of reduced Medicare and Medicaid payments – beginning in 2015.
Practice Partner Meaningful Use Configuration
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*McKesson’s Practice Partner 9.5, Medisoft Clinical v17 and Lytec 2011 are now 2011/2012 compliant and were certified as a Complete EHR on December 6, 2010, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for eligible providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The certification number is CC-1112-589589-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
The clinical quality measures to which Practice Partner Version 9.5, Medisoft Clinical v17 and Lytec 2011 have been certified include: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0059, NQF 0064, and NQF 0061.
The additional software that Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical and Lytec MD relied upon to demonstrate compliance includes: Windows Server® 2008 Server which includes BitLocker® and IPSec for 170.302(u) & 170.302(v); SureScripts Messenger™ Services for 170.304(b) & 170.302(b); Medi-Span® for 170.302(e) & 170.302(a); AMA’s CPT® codes for 170.302(d), 170.304(e) & 170.304(a); and RelayClinical™ Education for 170.302(m).