Electronic Health Records – Efficient Tool To Get High Incentives

At the very start of the year 2010, the IFR or the Interim Final Rule on Health Information Technology was published to ensure better understanding on “Meaningful Use” for Electronic Health Records (EHR). This article from Gmed intends to provide an easy description of the amendments required in the practice of medical practitioners to enable them become a meaningful user and get entitled to secure incentive payments of as high as $ 44,000 per specialist.

To qualify for the incentives, the IFR considers it as a must for the medical practitioners to implement a certified Electronic Health Record System. The rule also urges them to register with the Health and Human Services Department as an Eligible Professional (EP). All the eligible EHRs such as including Gcardio, Ggastro and Guro will be certified in the year 2010 along with the publishing of their registration process. The physicians must report on overall 25 measures in a continuous 90 day period during 2011 or 2012. This will help them to qualify for the incentive of $ 18,000 in the very first year. For consequent payments, the healthcare specialists are required to report for a full year.

This certified EHR will be capable of reporting on all the 25 measures. However, it is important that each patients that the physicians attend is properly documented with adequate information to satisfy the minimum requirements. Gmed will provide a Meaningful Use Advisor to assist the physicians in understanding compliance to the provider and patient level. It is difficult to mention all those measures here, even then below is the simplified version of some of the important measures.

80% of medical orders must be issued using Ggastro, Gcardio or Guro. 75% of non‐controlled medications are prescribed electronically using Gmed’s e‐Prescription module (SureScripts). 80% of patients must include preferred language, insurance type, gender, race, ethnicity and date of birth as part of their demographic information. It will configure Gpm to make these fields required. If you are not using Gpm, we recommend you use the Meaningful Use Advisor prior to you electronic submission.

80% of patients have electronic insurance eligibility verification. If you are using Gpm with NetVerify(tm) you already comply. Otherwise, it is not clear how this information will be submitted. Please contact your current practice management provider to discuss. Our team is standing by to help. 10% of patients have timely access to their electronic health information (lab results, problem list, medication list, immunizations, allergies and procedures). Gmed suggests adjusting your patient check‐in process to ensure that at least 10% of patients activate their Gportal account.

80% of patients have an reconciled medication list. The site recommends that you reconcile the current medication list every time the patient attends your practice or requests a drug refill by selecting “import medications” from the e‐Prescriptions module. Demonstrate the practice’s ability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies. No action is required since Gmed will test this feature for you during implementation.

There are an array of other measures apart from these. It is however a bit difficult to include all of them in this small space. This guide will indeed act as an effective tool for the physicians to carry on with their practice in the right direction. It is always nice to have fruitful incentives alongside getting the regular payments.