Meaningful EHR Use requirements can be very confusing. The main issue is the extensive amount of data that providers encounter and a lack of easily understandable and actionable steps. In this series of blog posts, I will address some of the major questions I have heard from providers and simplify Meaningful Use language to make it more understandable.
As a reminder, eligible providers must fulfill 20 criteria (15 core and 5 menu) as defined by the government for a period of 90 days. Upon doing so and attesting to this fact, providers will receive 75% of their allowable Medicare charges (up to $18,000 this year) as an incentive.
Core Requirement 12: Electronic Copy of Health Information
One of the main goals of the HITECH Act is to ensure that patients have an opportunity to engage more actively in their health care. One way to accomplish this is through providing patients with an electronic copy of their health information. The information included in the electronic copy include diagnostic test results, problem list, medication list and medication allergies. The idea is to empower patients through making information more accessible and portable. The requirement states that more than 50% of patients who request this information must receive it within 3 business days.
This requirement is easily fulfilled using Practice Fusion. You simply need to enroll patients that request this access in Patient Fusion, Practice Fusion’s patient health portal. This requires the provider to click the enroll button on the patient dashboard, him or her to enter an email address and print the temporary pin. The patient will henceforth have electronic access to his or her health information.
Core Requirement 13: Clinical Summaries
The post visit summary is intended to provide the patient with relevant and actionable information and instructions after a separate, billable encounter. To fulfill this requirement, clinical summaries must be provided to more than 50% of patients within 3 business days.
Practice Fusion enables providers to easily implement this requirement through use of the Personal Health Record, Patient Fusion. By simply enrolling patients in Patient Fusion (as per the instructions above), providers will fulfill this requirement and all relevant information will be available to patients instantly upon signing and closing the chart note.