Radiologist MU Attestation Update

In this month’s post, we take a look at the latest date regarding radiologist MU attestations.

CMS EHR Incentive Program attestation data, published on HealthData.gov, provides a great deal of insight about the reach of the government program. Below, we take a detailed look at radiology-specific data pulled from the latest HealthData.gov MU report.

And, as the 2013 meaningful use program participation deadline draws near, we take a look at the latest data available regarding meaningful use and the radiology community.

According to available attestation data at the time of writing, more than $60 million in incentive payments have been paid out to radiologists since the inception of the CMS EHR Incentive Programs in 2011. Millions more are available, but it requires active radiologists to continue participating and those that have not started participating to do so by October 3, 2013 (to receive up to $39,000) or October 3, 2014 (to receive up to $24,000).

The following is based on available attestation data:

Radiologist Participation:
 As of July 2013, 3,213 radiologists (2,975 diagnostic radiologists, 238 interventional radiologists) have attested to Stage 1 Meaningful Use, which equates to approximately 11.9% of eligible radiologists (based on approximately 90% of radiologists meeting program qualification requirements)

CEHRT used for Attestation:
 As of July 2013, more than 75 different certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) solutions were used for attestation by radiologists. The 10 most widely used CEHRT by radiologists, which account for 72% of radiology attestations, include: Merge Healthcare (426), MedInformatix (422), Epic (387), GE Healthcare (229), Advanced Data Systems (183), Allscripts (156), Partners Healthcare (152), DR Systems (152), UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (101), and Vitera Healthcare Solutions (94).

To view the source data, go to HealthData.gov.

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How to Implement EHRs (excerpt from HealthIT.gov)

In this month’s post, we take a look at advice from HealthIT.gov, in partnership with the National Learning Consortium, about How to Implement EHRs.

HealthIT.gov, in partnership with the National Learning Consortium, has published a 6-step process about How to Implement EHRs. The following is an excerpt from HealthIT.gov:

Step 1: Assess Your Practice Readiness

The first step in EHR implementation is to conduct an assessment of your current practice and its goals, needs, and financial and technical readiness. With an accurate view of your level of preparedness, your practice can design an implementation plan that meets the specific needs of your practice. 

Step 2: Plan Your Approach

Planning draws on the information gathered during the assessment phase, to outline the practice’s EHR implementation plan. 

Step 3: Select or Upgrade to a Certified EHR

There are a number of steps involved in choosing the right EHR system for your practice. Eligible health care professionals and eligible hospitals must use certified EHR technology in order to achieve meaningful use and qualify for incentive payments. Looking to make your current EHRs meaningful use compliant? Start here. 

Step 4: Conduct Training & Implement an EHR System

EHR implementation involves the installation of the EHR system and associated activities, such as training, mock “go-live,” and pilot testing. 

Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use

The final phase of EHR implementation includes successfully attesting to demonstrating meaningful use of EHRs, and reassessing what you have learned from training and everyday use of the system. 

Step 6: Continue Quality Improvement

Emphasizes continuous evaluation of your practice’s goals and needs post-EHR-implementation to continue improving workflows that achieve the individual practice’s goals while leveraging the functionality of electronic health records (EHRs).

To read about the full 6-step process, or learn more about a specific step in the process, go to http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/ehr-implementation-steps.

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