Patagonia Health Makes Meaningful Use Compliance Easy

Patagonia Health’s EHR version 4.0 is certified as Meaningful Use 2011 and 2014 Edition compliant under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body program.

What does this mean for you?

  • Meaningful Use 2014 Edition places an emphasis on connectivity, interoperability and clinical quality measures.
  • Patagonia Health implementation makes it easy for providers to achieve the next level of Meaningful Use certification without any changes in their regular workflow.
  • Connections with other providers using options like Direct Project, Health Information Exchange and CCDA exchange on a patient portal are readily available. Clinical quality measures are automatically tracked.
  • Patagonia Health EHR is certified as a “Complete EHR.” This means that Patagonia Health EHR meets 100 percent of 22 general criteria and 6 required clinical quality criteria. To learn more, click here.

An Overview of Meaningful Use
In 2009, the HITECH Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, made $17 billion of funding available for financial incentive payments for the “meaningful use” of EHRs by eligible providers, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) who participate in Medicare and Medicaid. In order to meet Meaningful Use (MU) requirements, these providers are required to demonstrate that they are using their EHR technology in a significant way, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and that this impact can be proved by meeting a number of set objectives.

For a department or practice to receive federal EHR incentives, the following are major considerations:

  • The EHR must meet Meaningful Use requirements (EHR vendor responsibility).
    To be eligible for incentives, a provider must use an Electronic Health Record software that meets federal requirements for ARRA-defined Meaningful Use. Each provider must comply with 15 core requirements as well as another 5 requirements to be selected from a menu of 10 and 6 of possible a 44 clinical quality measures. Patagonia Health EHR meets 100% of these requirements and is certified for receiving EHR incentives.
  • The EHR must be Meaningful Use-certified (EHR vendor responsibility).
    The EHR being must be certified by a federally Authorized Testing & Certification Body (ATCB). Patagonia Health’s complete EHR version 4.0 has been certified by the Drummond Group (an ATCB) for eligible providers to receive EHR incentives.
  • An EHR must be in use (practice staff responsibility).
    Federal agencies want to encourage the use of an EHR—not just a purchase! Each eligible provider is required to use the EHR to perform certain functions like electronic prescriptions, viewing lab results, etc. Patagonia Health EHR has removed the complexity of MU compliance for provider practices and agencies by incorporating MU requirements into normal provider workflows. In addition, Patagonia Health EHR provides an easy to use dashboard, for practices and agencies, to track their progress towards MU compliance.

Patagonia Health’s team is knowledgeable and is committed to working with their customers to make sure practices qualify and receive their due incentives.
CMS oversees the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, and the state Medicaid agencies manage the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. While the two programs are similar, there are some key differences between them. The tabs below give an overview of each program. Additional Patagonia Health video tutorials and webcasts on MU compliance can be found in the Resources section, our video library and additional resources are also listed below.

 

Medicare EHR Incentive Program

 

 

  • Run by CMS
  • Program runs from 2011 through 2016
  • Maximum incentive amount is $44,000
  • Payments over 5 consecutive years
  • Payment adjustments will begin in 2015 for providers who are eligible but decide not to participate
  • Providers must demonstrate Meaningful Use every year to receive incentive payments
  • An “eligible professional” is defined as:
    1. A doctor of medicine or osteopathy
    2. A doctor of dental surgery or medicine
    3. A doctor of podiatric medicine
    4. A doctor of optometry
    5. A chiropractor

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Run by Your State Medicaid Agency
  • Program runs from 2011 through 2021
  • Maximum incentive amount is $63,750
  • Payments over 6 years, does not have to be consecutive
  • No payment adjustments for providers who are only eligible for the Medicaid program
  • In the first year, providers can receive an incentive payment for adopting, implementing or upgrading EHR technology. Providers must demonstrate Meaningful Use in the remaining years to receive incentive payments.
  • An “eligible professional” is defined as:
    1. A doctor of medicine or osteopathy
    2. A doctor of dental surgery or medicine
    3. A certified nurse-midwife
    4. A nurse practitioner
    5. Physician Assistants practicing in an FQHC or RHC that is so led by a physician assistant

To qualify for participation, the Eligible Professional must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum 30% Medicaid patient volume*
  • Have a minimum of 20% Medicaid patient volume, and be a pediatrician*
  • Practice predominantly in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and have a minimum of 30% patient volume attributable to needy individuals

Medicaid Patient Volume Requirements: 30% of patients seen in a 90-day period in the previous calendar year should be Medicaid enrollees.

*Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) patients do not count toward the Medicaid patient volume criteria.

The following are important 2014 dates for the EHR Incentive Programs:

  • March 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET: Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible professionals for the 2013 program year
  • September 30, 2014: End of 2014 fiscal year and end of the 2014 reporting period for eligible hospitals
  • November 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET: Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible hospitals for the 2014 program year
  • December 31, 2014: End of 2014 calendar year and end of the 2014 reporting period for eligible professionals

You can use the eHealth Interactive Timeline Tool to view the milestones for various eHealth programs, including the EHR Incentive Programs.

Drummond Group Certification

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This Complete EHR is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

 

Patagonia Health’s Complete EHR Ambulatory solution, version 4.0, was 2014 Edition-certified on March 28, 2014, according to certificate number 03282014-2220-5. Modules tested included 170.314(a)(1-15); 170.314(b)(1-5, 7); 170.314(c)(1-3); 170.314(d)(1-8); 170.314(e)(1-3); 170.314(f)(1-3) and 170.314(g)(2-4). Clinical Quality Measures tested included CMS069v2; CMS122v2; CMS126v2; CMS134v2; CMS138v2; CMS146v2; CMS148v2; CMS165v2 and CMS166v3. Additional software used included EMR Direct.

 

Any additional types of costs that an EP, EH, or CAH would pay to implement the Complete EHR’s capabilities in order to attempt to meet Meaningful Use objectives and measures. EHR technology self-developers are excluded from this requirement.

Certification Affordability. View costs and limitations

Additional Meaningful Use Resources