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Dentists and Meaningful Use: Part II

Sunday, February 10, 2013   (0 Comments)
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by Adele Allison, National Director of Government Affairs, SuccessEHS

Contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), HITECH provisions for the CMS EHR Incentive Programs, also known as Meaningful Use;

  • The law is inclusive of the full care continuum, including oral health providers   
  • Under ARRA, DDS/DMDs are eligible to earn incentives through either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
  • Policymaking has been non-inclusive of the full care continuum, making it hard for Dentists to achieve incentives
  • There is a disconnect between Electronic Dental Records (EDRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Guidance on how Dentists can embrace Meaningful Use has been limited

Contained in this White Paper

  • Moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2 Meaningful Use
  • Addressing Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)
  • Logistics of Integrating EHR-EDR technologies
  • Stage 3 Policymaking Preview 

Anytime a clinical setting is sorting out practice re-design using any type of health IT, there is a 6-step process that should be adopted, including:

1.Assessment of the current practice, needs, goals – including those beyond Meaningful Use (MU) – and readiness both financially and technically.

2.Plan by using the information gathered in the assessment to plot the implementation roadmap.

3.Adopt the right technology(ies), insuring they are both certified and meet the practice providers’ and staff aims.

4.Train and go-live on the new workflows with proficiency.

5.Achieve by measuring key analytics and performance metrics to make certain that identified goals are being reached.

6.Continue Quality Improvement by using the achieved measures to define a strategy of ongoing process development, expansion of technology and adoption of new features to help the practice better serve the patient.

 

The CMS EHR Incentive Programs or Meaningful Use (MU) are provisioned within legislation known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  The Congressional intent of this law was to accelerate and reward the adoption of interoperable and certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).  The MU programs launched in Jan. 2011 and as of the end of 2012, over $10.4 billion have been paid to eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) in Medicare and Medicaid incentives.[1]



[1] Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, EHR Incentive Programs, Data and Program Reports, January 17, 2013, http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/DataAndReports.html

 

Download the Complete White Paper with original graphics here 

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