Medifacts is a 2013 certified Meaningful User provider. (Hyperlink to certificate)
The meaningful use functionality is available to all physicians whether you plan to file for meaningful use reimbursement or not.
Certified Meaningful Use touches most of the ideas of streamlining back office processes operations and improving the patient experience through the use of technology in Medifacts. In addition, Meaningful Use brings to the table what no one vendor could provide: industry standards for interoperability between practices, patients, medical services such as lab tests, and regulatory bodies reporting regardless of computer platform.
For a physician to qualify for Meaningful use they must:
Register for meaningful use on the CMS website, use a certified Meaningful use EHR product like MediFacts, meet all 15 of the core requirements and 5 of the optional requirements, file an attestation that their practice and software is HIPAA and Meaningful Use compliant, and file a report showing actual usage in all the criteria selected.
MediFacts would like to add a word of caution about the attestation. The attestation stands as a legal document. The words “HIPAA compliant” should not be taken lightly. CMS, as can any certifying body that comes in contact with your practice or facility, has been testing for HIPAA compliance along with Meaningful use criteria and many fail the HIPAA compliance test, indicating that a good portion of all the practices or facilities are not really HIPAA compliant. Read more about HIPAA compliance in our blogs. Click Here
The 15 Core Meaningful Use Criteria requirements:
1. Record patient demographics (including gender, race and ethnicity, date of birth, preferred language).
2. Record vital signs (height, weight, blood pressure, body mass index, and growth charts for children).
3. Maintain up-to-date problem lists (Read diagnosis list).
4. Maintain active medication lists.
5. Maintain active medication allergy lists.
6. Record smoking status for patients older than 13 years of age.
7. Provide patients with a clinical summary for each office visit within 3 business days.
8. On request, provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information (including test results, problem (diagnosis) lists, meds lists, allergies) within 3 business days.
9. Generate electronic prescriptions.
10. Use Computerized Physician Order Entry for medications at least 30% of the time.
11. Implement drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks.
12. Be able to exchange key clinical information among providers by performing at least one test of the EMR’s ability to do this.
13. Implement one clinical decision support rule, and ability to track compliance with the rule.
14. Implement systems that protect privacy and security of patient data in the EMR, by conducting or reviewing a security risk analysis, and taking corrective step if needed.
15. Report clinical quality measures to CMS.
The 10 Menu Meaningful Use Criteria (must demonstrate at least five)
1. Implement drug-formulary checking.
2. Incorporate lab test data into the EMR as structured data.
3. Generate lists of patients by specific conditions (to use for quality improvement, reduce disparities, research, or outreach).
4. Use EMR technology to identify patient-specific education resources, and provide those to the patient as appropriate.
5. Provide medication reconciliation between care settings.
6. Provide summary of care record for patients transferred to another provider or setting.
7. Submit electronic immunization data to local registries (performing at least one test of data submission, where registries can accept them).
8. Submit electronic syndromic surveillance to public health agencies (perform at least one test, where local agencies can accept them).
9. Send reminders to patients (per patient preference) for preventive and follow-up care.
10. Provide patients with timely electronic access to their health information.
Medifacts can of course perform all these tasks.
What the list does not show is many of the criteria have percentage of patients requirements associated with each criterion. MediFacts has a Doctor Dash board to show the Physician where his practice stands in meeting the requirements at any point in time and a pass/fail grade for each requirement. MediFacts keep rigorous counts for both the denominators (qualified patients) and the numerators (actual execution) in the background. These statistics are filed with the Physician Attestation, a legal document.
Medifacts has the data to backup your attestation.