Being a Meaningful User of Electronic Health Records
Electronic health records (EHRs) play a critical role in getting to a higher quality, safer, more effective health care system. Health care providers now have additional funding to support the meaningful use (MU) of EHRs, as well as, guidelines that can help them implement MU in a way that improves care for their patients.
Electronic health records and health information exchange (HIE) can help clinicians provide higher quality and safer care for their patients. By adopting electronic health records in a meaningful way, clinicians can:
- Know more about their patients. Information in electronic health records can be used to coordinate and improve the quality of patient care.
- Make better decisions. With more comprehensive information readily and securely available, clinicians will have the information they need about treatments and conditions even best practices for patient populations when making treatment decisions.
- Save money. Electronic health records require an initial investment of time and money. But clinicians who have implemented them have reported reductions in the amount of time spent locating paper files, transcribing and spending time on the phone with labs or pharmacies; more accurate coding; and reductions in reporting burden.
Through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing incentive payments to eligible health care professionals and hospitals who adopt certified EHR technology and achieve MEANINGFUL USE.
Check out the resources below from CMS to learn more about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs:
- Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Overview
- Meaningful Use Criteria and How to Attain MU
- Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 1
- Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2
Tennessee Medicaid providers should also visit The TennCare Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Provider Incentive Payment Program website.