|MEANINGFUL USE & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY|
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, through the CMS Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs encourages Hospitals, Health Care Centers, Primary Care Doctors, and other “eligible professionals” to “meaningfully use” Health Information Technology to electronically document, manage, and securely share health information between patients , clinical care teams, public health organizations, and various other healthcare related service providers.
The goals of the CMS Electronic Health Care Record (EHR) Incentive Program are to:
All Federally Qualified Health Centers in New Jersey are participating in the NJ Medicaid "Meaningful Use" EHR Incentive Program. NJ FQHC’s have used this program to convert from their older static paper based record keeping system, to new interactive MU certified Electronic Health Records systems.
The benefits of an EHR system include:
To receive an EHR incentive payment, providers have to show that they are meaningfully using their EHRs by meeting thresholds for a number of objectives. The EHR Incentive Programs are phased in three stages with increasing requirements. NJPCA along with NJ-HITECH assist NJ FQHCs to understand the Benefits of EHRs and qualify for all of Stages of “Meaningful Use “
On October 6th, 2015, CMS released rules that specify final criteria that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule's provision encompass 2015-2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond. For a detailed overview of the new rules, visit the CMS website here. For other resources, click on the links below.