Meaningful Use

2016 is the last year to start Meaningful Use. And despite the usual and expected changes, modified stage 2 rules, and political noise about the future and fate of Meaningful Use, there remains $15 Billion dollars in the program.

Xpio’s Meaningful Use Compliance Program (MUCP) has over 430 EP and Hospital subscribers in the behavioral health and community mental health sector, totaling over $35 Million in Federal and State funds that have been allocated to our customers.

We provide targeted assistance to help you get unstuck and complete an MU application, as well as a subscription MU program that educates staff and providers, navigates the re-assignment of benefits process for EP’s and organizations, establishes and completes all required federal and state applications and attestations, calculates volume, creates audit documentation, and achieves funding for your organization.

The bottom line is that we get results – over 35 Million of them so far.

Meaningful Use pertains to the programs under the HITECH Act that specify criteria and incentives related to the “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technologies. States will administer the Medicaid portion of the incentive programs and are in the process of developing specific State Medicaid HIT Plan (SMHP’s) to define the requirements, which will be guided by the Final Rule (42 CFR Parts 412,413,422 et al. Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive; Final Rule).

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provides HHS with the authority to establish programs to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the promotion of health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records and private and secure electronic health information exchange. Under HITECH, eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specified objectives.

Two regulations have been released, one of which defines the “meaningful use” objectives that providers must meet to qualify for the bonus payments, and the other which identifies the technical capabilities required for certified EHR technology. Incentive Program for Electronic Health Records: Issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), this final rule defines the minimum requirements that providers must meet through their use of certified EHR technology in order to qualify for the payments.

Standards and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Records: Issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, this rule identifies the standards and certification criteria for the certification of EHR technology, so eligible professionals and hospitals may be assured that the systems they adopt are capable of performing the required functions.