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Meaningful Use Assistance

Meaningful Use, like most patient care improvement initiatives, requires the collection and reporting of certain data.

However, it is specifically related to the use of "Certified Electronic Health Technology," i.e., health information generated from the use of electronic systems that have been certified by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a governmental agency created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Because Meaningful Use is a process that requires far more than the input of numbers into a computer, health care practices and organizations often seek assistance with interpreting the criteria, and what adaptations and changes will be necessary to implement it. VITL's client services team, with extensive backgrounds in clinical care and medical office management as well as information technology, are prepared to assess current-state readiness for Meaningful Use, make appropriate recommendations for office and clinical workflow changes, and help with targeted data collection and reporting. We have developed many useful documents and spreadsheet tools to help track and analyze Meaningful Use progress, and are always willing to make a site visit for some hands-on assistance.

Although each stage of Meaningful Use offers different challenges for providers to meet and the focus of each is evolving towards increased patient engagement--as well as more robust use of health technology--our team is prepared with the needed expertise. Client services team members are Certified Meaningful Use Professionals (4MedApproved), and take special pride in keeping their Meaningful Use knowledge and skills top-notch.

The Quality Payment Program: 
Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) & Advanced Payment Model (APM)
Providers are a part of the Quality Payment Program in 2017 if you are in an Advanced APM or if you bill Medicare more than $30,000 in Part B allowed charges a year, and provide care for more than 100 Medicare patients a year.
 
Receiving a Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment does not exempt you from other Quality Payment Program reporting requirements. If a clinician participates in the Medicaid EHRIP, AND ALSO participates in Medicare Part B, he or she must assess their participation status requirements for the Quality Payment Program. This can be done by simply by entering the provider’s NPI at the QPP website: https://qpp.cms.gov
 
Questions about Advanced Alternative Payment Mode ls (APMs) or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) can be directed to QPP@cms.hhs.gov, or call the QPP Helpdesk number at 1-866-288-8292.

When a practice is ready to "attest" to Meaningful Use (the process of filing collected data and applying for incentive payment), client services will guide the process step-by-step. We are familiar with the registration requirements of both Medicaid and Medicare, and how to navigate the attestation websites.

Please contact us for assistance.

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