Meaningful Use Of EHR

Just what exactly is Meaningful Use of EHR?

These days, doctors can't read an industry magazine or website without seeing the words "Meaningful Use." It's the buzz at health care seminars everywhere, and with news that the government is sending out hefty Meaningful Use incentives checks, everyone wants to know what it's really about.

Luckily, the concept of Meaningful Use of EHR is fairly straightforward, even if all the different talk surrounding it is often less so.

What Meaningful Use of EHR really means

In a nutshell, it means making "Meaningful Use" of electronic health records to meaningfully improve health outcomes. Over the years, much data has been gathered to identify dozens of ways Meaningful Use of EHR results in better health care while reducing costs. For example, electronic prescribing and patient medication history, two core Meaningful Use of EHR functions, can reduce life threatening events such as adverse reactions to drugs. In another Meaningful Use of EHR example, housing patient data in one place like an EHR reduces costly redundancy in medical care, like duplicate test orders and unnecessary overlapping medication treatments.

The Twenty Five Core Meaningful Use of EHR Objectives

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare have identified twenty five core objectives that qualify as Meaningful Use of EHR. A sample of some of these Meaningful Use of EHR objectives includes computerized provider order entry (CPOE); generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically; maintain active medication lists; and provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit.

Meaningful Use of EHR Incentives Program

Although the benefits of Meaningful Use of EHR are very clear, many providers aren't using electronic health records yet. Part of this is because of financial concerns, particularly by smaller practices that aren't sure if they can afford one or worry they'll need to hire someone to show them how to meet Meaningful Use of EHR. No matter the practice size, many providers are also under the impression that meeting Meaningful Use, regardless of the benefits, will negatively impact their daily work flow.

Accordingly, the government offers cash incentive payments to get these providers to make Meaningful Use of EHR. These Meaningful Use incentives are based on a percentage of the provider's Medicaid or Medicaid claims, up to 75%. If your practice demonstrates Meaningful Use this year, you could receive incentives as high as $21,000.

RcopiaMU: A low cost Meaningful Use solution for your practice

About those cost concerns the government isn't the only entity working to make Meaningful Use of EHR an affordable goal for providers. DrFirst has designed and developed a low cost solution that meets all 25 Meaningful Use of EHR objectives: RcopiaMU.

Starting at just $9 a day, RcopiaMU is the ONC ATCB-certified solution for doctors that want to qualify for Meaningful Use of EHR without breaking the bank and without slowing down their daily work. In fact, RcopiaMU is designed to speed up these daily processes, from cutting down prescription processing time to reducing time spent hunting down patient charts.

  • E-prescribing, patient medication history, and achieve all required Meaningful Use of EHR objectives in one solution
  • Easy progress tracking of each Meaningful Use of EHR objective
  • Starts at only $9 a day and no extra IT resources needed to meet Meaningful Use of EHR!

Those are the Meaningful Use of EHR basics. As you can see, the goal is pretty clear: to encourage providers to make true Meaningful Use of EHR. For more information and to find out how RcopiaMU can help you qualify for a Meaningful Use incentives check in 90 days or less, contact DrFirst today.