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Meaningful Use Stage 2

Meaningful Use will change for all providers beginning on January 1st 2014. Are you ready for the changes?

Meaningful Use Changes from Stage 1 to Stage 2

meaningful use stage 2
The question is no longer “What is Meaningful Use?” but instead, “What does it mean for my practice, now?” All providers must meet the thresholds for Stage 1 objectives before they can demonstrate Stage 2. Eligible hospitals (EHs) participate in Meaningful Use on the fiscal year and professionals (EPs) participate on the calendar year. The earliest providers moved to Meaningful Use Stage 2 in 2014. In 2016, CMS proposes that EPs and eligible hospitals that are demonstrating Meaningful Use for the first time can use an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90-day period during the 2016 calendar year. CMS issued the Meaningful Use Core and Menu Measures in 2012, but the reporting structure is still subject to change.

Meaningful Use is designed for providers to work toward meaningful patient engagement using state-of-the-art healthcare IT and methods best suited to their practice.

Examples of Some of the New Measures for EPs in Meaningful Use Stage 2

  • Secure Messaging – Patients must send secure messages to EPs
  • Family Health History – document in SNOMED format and report in Personal Health Records
  • Imaging Results – Upload images when resulting a radiology exam
  • Send Patient Health Records in a Secure email Format
  • Progress Notes – now your notes must be text searchable

Stage 2 EP Core Objectives – 17 measures and all must be met

meaningful use stage 2 ep core objectives
meaningful use stage 2 menu objectives

Patient Engagement

Now patients must participate in order for the EP to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2:

  • More than 5% of patients must send secure messages to their EP
  • More than 5% of patients must access their health information online (via a patient portal)

MediTouch EHR comes complete with a free Meaningful Use certified Patient Portal that facilitates compliance with the Patient Engagement measures – www.yourhealthfile.com.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Emphasizes Electronic Exchange of Patient Records

  • Stage 2 requires that a provider send a summary of care record for more than 50% of transitions of care and referrals.
  • The rule also requires that a provider electronically transmit a summary of care for more than 10% of transitions of care and referrals via the Direct Project Secure email protocol

Every MediTouch EHR provider is supplied a free secure email address. If you are a current user – sign up for your customizable secure email address today!

** All data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)