There has hardly been anything that has got as much an attention as the CMS’ Meaningful Use criterion for medical practitioners – a program for eligible practitioners to be able to qualify for Medicare incentives upon meeting a certain set of core objectives set out in the Meaningful Use Clause under the ARRA. Although CMS has laid down guidelines for general practitioners, who serve the bulk of Medicare beneficiaries, yet their specialist colleagues – such as Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, Urologists, etc. – are not out of the CMS’ Meaningful Use ambit; after all they too are indispensable to CMS’ initiative towards an efficient healthcare environment. But, because their service-composition and documenting varies from general practitioners, specialists’ requisite compliance with core objectives set out in the Meaningful Use Clause under the ARRA gets a little different.
Recognizing the diverse nature of specialists, CMS has allowed for certain exceptions and exemptions from complying with certain objectives that does not owe allegiance to these specialist practices. Therefore, of the 20 mandatory objectives to be met out a possible list of 25, specialist practitioners can still seek exemptions on the ground of being unique fields of medicine. Consequently, their mandatory objective-list ultimately becomes less than 20; while CPOE, eRx, Vital Signs, Smoking Status, Electronic Copy of Health Information, and Clinical Summaries are usually allowed exemptions from Meaningful Use objectives, the following exclusions may still be claimed under substantiated evidence: Drug Formulary Checks, Clinical Lab Test Results, Patients Reminders, Patient Electronic Access, Medication Reconciliation, Summary Care Record, Immunization Registries Data Submission, and Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission.
While specialist practitioners, such as Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, Urologists, etc. can claim exemptions and exclusion of certain objectives set out in the Meaningful Use Clause by CMS, they are not treated preferentially as far as documenting clinical processes using approved and compliant EHR software is concerned: their responsibility for reporting clinical data using Certified EHR Technology and EHR modules remains as mandatory as for general practitioners. Thus, everything points towards sourcing and implementing EHR software’s that best serve unique needs of diverse practices while also being compliant with the CMS mandate on Certified EHR Technology for achieving Meaningful Use criterion bench-mark.
Despite the market being replete with numerous EHR software – a prior advisory on judicious selection is always advisable as any hasty selection can have multiple repercussions: adverse impact on clinical documenting, practice management, and revenue generation. Given the prevailing scenario, Medicalbillersandcoders.com proven credentials in advising and implementing certified EHR software platforms – Medisoft , Misys Tiger, Eclinicalworks, Advanced MD, Office Ally, Sage Medical Manager, GE centricity, Lytec, Altapoint, Dentrix being some its leading names in an exhaustive portfolio innovative and futuristic models – for diverse clients comprising Allergy, Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dermatology, ENT, Endocrinology, Family Med, GI, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Long-Term Care, Multi-Specialty, Neurology, Neurosurgery, OB/Gynecology, Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Surgery, SurgicalCenter, Urgent Care, Urology, and the rest.
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