The EHR Incentive Program has been around for several years now, and few healthcare providers are unfamiliar with Meaningful Use and all it entails. The program main draw is the stimulus payments that physicians can qualify for each year by successfully adopting, implementing, upgrading or demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
Starting this year, qualifying for incentive payments requires using 2014 Edition certified software. This means that physicians must attest to Meaningful Use using an EHR solution that has proven through extensive testing that it is capable of supporting requirements for both Stage 1 and 2, including electronic health information exchange, interoperability and patient engagement.
In order to accommodate physicians whose EHR vendors have not yet achieved Stage 2 certification, CMS and the ONC decided that in 2014 only all Meaningful Use participants will report for just 90 days – regardless of whether the physician is in their first year of Stage 1 or already getting started on Stage 2. This means that healthcare professionals can begin their Meaningful Use reporting this year as late as October 1, 2014. Physicians are warned, however, not to wait until the last minute to get started.
1st Providers Choice understands physicians’ concerns, and we want our users to start the reporting process early. That’s why we worked hard to get certified for Stage 2. Our EHR software and Patient Healthcare Portal solution are both 2014 ONC Stage 2 Certified, allowing physicians to start their 90-day reporting period immediately.
To help you achieve your goals, we assign a Meaningful Use expert to your practice. They guide you through the reporting process and show you how to use the EHR’s Meaningful Use dashboard to keep track of your progress. Our trainers also work with you to go over using drug formularies, setting up lab interfaces, e-prescribing controlled substances, and using the patient portal to achieve Meaningful Use.
Our patient portal makes it easy for physicians to meet the following patient engagement requirements:
Provide online access to health information to more than 50% of all unique patients (who were seen by you during the reporting period) within 4 business days.
Have 5% of all unique patients view their health information online, download it, or transmit it to a third party.
Have 5% of unique patients (who were seen by you during the reporting period) send you a secure message.
1st Providers Choice has also made the necessary upgrades to ensure our EHR is up to date and our Practice Management software is ready for ICD-10. We have already begun testing our software with insurance payers and clearing houses to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10 for hospitals and physician practices.
The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) will be hosting its 92nd annual convention next month, from April 9-13 in Scottsdale, Arizona – and 1st Providers Choice is attending to showcase their Family Medicine EMR software. The 1st Providers team had tremendous success at last year’s meeting, and we are excited to meet with doctors again this year.
1st Providers Choice understands the unique challenges that osteopaths face, especially when it comes to clinical documentation. That’s why we have designed an EMR that is easy to use and that can adapt to the requirements of this specialty. In fact, our EMR software allows osteopaths and family medicine health professionals to provide more accurate and efficient care to patients, all the while reducing costs.
With tools like e-prescribing, patient portal integration, lab tracking, appointment reminders and more, 1st Providers Choice’s EMR is the ideal choice for osteopathic medicine providers. To learn more about our EMR software, find our booth at the AOMA convention, speak with a member of our team, and view a free demo.
In addition to hosting EMR vendors and other software exhibitors, the AOMA conference will cover a variety of topics ranging from personalized medicine to obesity basic medical treatment. To see a full schedule of events at the AOMA meeting click here.
Anesthesiologists, pain medicine professionals, and pain management EMR vendors will be congregating in Chicago, IL this year from April 3-6 for the 39th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting. Hosted by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the meeting is set to cover interesting topics, provide innovative teaching opportunities, and give providers unsurpassed access to industry experts.
The meeting is a highly anticipated event for pain medicine professionals, as it provides informative educational sessions, great networking opportunities, and access to dozens of pain medicine software vendors. 1st Providers Choice will be exhibiting their Pain Management EMR software and Anesthesiology EMR software at the conference in Booth #215.
Healthcare professionals attending the spring meeting will be taking active roles in workshops, refresher course lectures, and PBLD sessions. Because of its outstanding popularity during the fall meeting, the simulation-based crisis management and ultrasound-guided perineural catheter insertion workshop will be available to all participants.
Other new and special session workshops for the spring meeting include:
Obstructive sleep apnea
Regional anesthesia in the era of the Affordable Care Act
Prevention of acute to chronic pain
Risk factors for neurologic injury
A portion of the meeting will also be devoted to the highly anticipated update of the ASRA Anticoagulation Consensus Statement, which addresses the new oral anti-thrombotic and anti-platelet agents. To learn more about the annual meeting, click here.
Will you be in Chicago next month for the conference? Don’t forget to stop by Booth #215 to learn more about our EMR software for pain medicine and fully integrated ICD-10 ready practice management solution.