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Meaningful Use: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part II)

By: Samantha McAlister | November 6th, 2015

Meaningful Use: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part II) Blog Feature

Last week we held a webinar intended to help with your Meaningful Use process: Troubleshooting Your Meaningful Use Reports.typing_speed_test

Unsurprisingly, many of you had several questions regarding Meaningful Use as we understand that this can be a complicated process at times. To help make your attestation process easier, we've answered the most frequently asked Meaningful Use questions and have split it up into a four-part series.

Our hope is that this can be a resource for your practice moving forward in your Meaningful Use attestation, no matter which stage you're currently at.

RELATED: Meaningful Use FAQ Part I

Meaningful Use FAQ Part II

1. Are we going to need to attest for MU every year from now on, or can we choose not to attest at some point due to hassles/costs, etc.?
  • Answer: Meaningful Use isn’t going anywhere, so you will have to continue to attest to the objectives, or you will face a penalty on your Medicare claims.
2. Now that we only have to attest for 90 days out of 2015 can we choose the 90 days out of 2015 we want to attest?
  • Answer: Yes, you can choose any consecutive 90 days (doesn’t have to be a quarter) that you met the requirements (remember, this includes the security risk analysis).
3. Doctor’s signature automatically publishing clinical summary. Is this limited to only EMN with office visit code attached or all EMN’s signed.
  • Answer: It is not limited to only EMN’s with office visit codes, so if you want this feature enabled, but you don’t want every EMN that is signed to merge a summary, there is another option to PROMPT to merge a clinical summary, which may be more ideal depending on your practice. (Tools > Preferences > Search Preferences > Clinical Summary > Go To Selected Preference)
4. For objective 2, how do we show the ability to track compliance with clinical decision support rules? And how do we prove the Drug-Drug and Drug-Allergy interactions are enabled?
  • Answer: Clinical Decision Support Rules should be setup prior to the start of your 90 day reporting period so that they are active and popping up while you are capturing your Meaningful Use Data. This is proven in a meaningful use audit with screenshots of the rules setup (preparing for attestation will be another webinar on November 18th at noon if you are unsure about this). If audited, a letter can be provided by Nextech or NewCrop stating it cannot be turned off.
5. Many of the fields of the Clinical Summary indicate “no information entered”. This give the impression to the patient that we haven’t done something. How do we fix this?
  • Answer: Implementation can help to ensure your Meaningful Use data collection is setup correctly.
6. Are new doctors who have never participated in Meaningful Use before able to report on the Modified Stage 2 objectives?
  • Answer: Everyone, regardless of participation starting year or specialty, will be attesting to the Modified Stage 2 Objectives beginning 2015.
7. Which meaningful use core numbers from our Nextech report correlate with the Health Information Exchange percentage?
  • Answer: If you run the Stage 2 Meaningful Use report, Core 15 a & b correlate to the new Health Information Exchange Objective #5.
8. For the 2017 patient portal, will the portal be updated where patients can send pictures via message? If so, when will this be updated?
  • Answer:  Nextech is in the process of revamping the patient portal.  We will also implement what is required for Stage 3.  Specific details will be released at a later date.
9. What is the deadline date for attesting Meaningful Use and PQRS for 2015?
  • Answer: Attestations for the 2015 reporting period will have to be completed between January 4th – February 29th, 2016.
10. How do we know if we qualify for Protect Patient Health Information?
  • Answer: Objective 1, Protect Patient Health Information, is completed via a Security Risk Analysis. These are typically performed by your IT and they need to be completed and DATED within the reporting period that you choose! This is very important and when it isn’t completed, it’s the number 1 reason why offices fail their meaningful use audits.