Meaningful Use Specifications for EMR Transitions
Healthcare systems are not just being asked to transition from the decade old process of hard copy medical records, they are also required to track and prove the value of the costly transition over to electronic medical records (EMR) in order to be reimbursed.
Change is fraught with risk, especially when the current system that has been in place for decades and touches the lives of millions. The shift to electronic medical record (EMR) has many potential benefits and synergies: decreased lag time between communications, easier data backups, broader access, and increased automation. Yet the roadblocks and setbacks are just as real: widespread data vulnerability, costly implementations, and confusing change management while switching between systems.
How does a healthcare organization hoping to capitalize on the quality improvements and long term cost savings of effective EMR management get from point A to point B? The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) publishes Meaningful Use Specification Sheets to ensure that the progress healthcare organizations are making with EMR warrant reimbursement. Additionally, the specifications ensure that the potential benefits of EMR management, like better quality of care and lower administrative costs, are actually realized. Specifications include:
- Maintain an active medication allergy list
- Generate lists of patients by specific conditions to use for quality improvement, reduction of disparities, research, or outreach
- Implement drug formulary checks
LogicManager allows for organizations to leverage the Meaningful Use Specification guidelines outlined by the CMS and integrate them into an overall information security governance framework. By loading the requirement statements into LogicManager’s risk-based application, organizations are easily managing complex relationships between long term goals and the processes that will achieve them. By tracking metrics and results over time, healthcare systems can benchmark their progress and demonstrate to regulators how they follow best practice, and what improvements have been made to EMR management, ultimately resulting in faster reimbursements and a more efficient operation.
LogicManager’s Meaningful Use Specification & EMR solution includes:
- Meaningful Use risk assessments
- Meaningful Use checklists
- EMR assessments
- EMR risk management checklists
- Other healthcare risk assessment templates
- and more!