by Comprehensive Staff
In 2009 Meaningful Use was introduced as part of the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Meaningful Use is a voluntary incentive program meant to encourage the adoption of a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR). It provides a set of measures and standards for collecting and storing critical patient information. Each calendar year eligible professionals (Dr.’s ARNP, PA’s) must attest to successfully meeting a total of 20 core and menu objectives. Collection of vital signs and smoking status, electronic prescribing and maintaining an active medication/allergy list are just a few of the many objectives.
The purpose of Meaningful Use is to provide better quality of care by having quick access to critical patient information. One core objective requires eligible professionals to provide patients with a clinical summary after each office visit. Clinical summaries include a current medication and allergy lists, reason for office visit, future appointment information and much more. Meaningful Use also promotes the ability to easily exchange continuity of care information with other healthcare providers which creates a move collaborative approach to providing healthcare.
In 2011 Comprehensive committed to meet and exceed the requirements of Meaningful Use. We successfully upgraded to a certified EHR and quickly implemented many changes required to meet each objective. In 2012 Comprehensive had 10 eligible professional successfully attest to meeting all the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 1. In 2014 we went through our 1st CMS audit of Meaningful Use attestation which resulted in no negative findings. In 2015 we will upgrade our EHR in preparation for Meaningful Use Stage 2 which incorporates technologies such as patient portals, lab integrations and clinical decision support.