September 16, 2010


The $64,000 Question: How Do You Meet Meaningful Use Criteria?

We’ve reviewed a lot of what Meaningful Use is, the financial incentives, eligibility and patient registries.  The $64,000 Question is:  “What data points must be reported to meet Meaningful Use requirements?”  Here they are:
15 Meaningful Use Requirements
√       Record Patient Demographics
√       Record Vital Signs and Chart Changes
√       Problem List of Current and Active Diagnoses
√       Maintain Active Medication List
√       Maintain Allergy List
√       Record Smoking Status
√       Clinical Summaries
√       Electronic Copy of Health Information
√       Electronic Prescribing
√       Computer provider order entry (CPOE)
√       Drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks
√       Export Patient Summary (CCD/CCR)
√       Clinical decision support and tracking
√       Protect Privacy and Security of Patient Data
√       Reporting to CMS/States
5 Menu Items (Select 4 plus Immunization Data to Registries)
√       Drug Formulary Checks
√       Lab Integration
√       Generate Lists by Condition
√       Summary-of-Care Record
√       Immunization Data to Registries (REQUIRED)
√       Patient Reminders
√       Patient Access
√       Perform Medical Reconciliation Between Care Settings
Remember:  In 2015, physicians who do not meet the Federal requirements will be faced with fee schedule reductions from 3 to 5 percent.
Want a quick way to meet these requirements so you can take advantage of the government incentive program?  DrFirst has a Meaningful Use solution that’s ideal for offices that are not ready to go paperlessl View our new video to find out more.
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Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.