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 14: Test Electronic Exchange of Clinical Information
One of the key goals of the HITECH Act (that authorized EHR Incentive payments) was to ensure that clinical information will be exchanged electronically among providers. The way that this will be accomplished in ambulatory care is through the electronic exchange of the continuity of care record (CCR).
Meaningful Use simply requires a provider to perform at least one test of the EHR’s ability to electronically exchange the CCR. With Practice Fusion, exporting the CCR is very simple – done with a few simple clicks directly from the patient dashboard.
Core Requirement 15: Conduct a Security Risk Analysis of Protected Health Data
Protection of personal health data is one of the top priorities of health care providers and the government. The transition from paper to electronic health records requires changes to how physician offices safeguard health data. The government requires a security risk analysis to ensure that providers are assessing safeguards and implementing appropriate operational protections.
The security risk analysis is a one-time effort to understand and address any deficiencies. Providers are required only to attest to having completed this activity.