1. Meaningful use is a CMS program that pays an incentive for using an electronic medical record
to do the following: Improve quality and safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities, engage patients and families in their healthcare, improve care coordination, improve population and public health, and doing this while maintaining privacy and security.
2. The Stage 1 qualifying requirements for meaningful use of HER are: to use a certified HER in a meaningful manner (i.e. e-prescribing), to use HER for electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care, and to use it to submit clinical quality measures.
3. Doctors of: medicine or osteopathy, dental surgery or dental medicine, podiatry, optometry and chiropractors are eligible for the Medicare Incentive Pilot.
4. Three core measures plus three additional measures need to be reported. Three alternate core measures may be used if they don’t qualify for the three core measures.
5. CQM submission includes two parts: submission of clinical quality measures through a qualified Data-Submission Vendor and attestation that you meet the other criteria for meaningful use,
6. The incentive for Stage 1 is $44,000 over four years.
7. PQRS is the physician quality reporting system.
8. Providers can’t receive incentives from both programs but provers may be subject to a payment adjustment beginning in 2012 if they haven’t demonstrated that they are successful electronic prescribers.
9. Yes, providers can participate in both the PQRS as well as the HER Incentive Programs.
10. No, there are specific reporting specifications for each program.
11. Eligible Professionals have to report on 5 meaningful use objectives from the menu set. One option must be chosen from the public health menu set as well as 4 additional menu objectives from outside the set. Eligible Professions should select menu options from within their scope of practice...