Healthcare providers should demonstrate meaningful use compliance with data, says EHR vendor CEO

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As increasing numbers of healthcare providers are attesting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use federal financial incentives, the chief executive officer of medical informatics vendor Athena Health has said that healthcare professionals should show their compliance as opposed to merely reporting it, according to Information Week.

In order to qualify for the financial incentive programs, healthcare providers must demonstrate that they meet 15 core requirements of clinical informatics systems adoption. However, at present, the CMS cannot accept data from all of the medical informatics systems currently in use. The CMS recently proposed a system where healthcare facilities can submit data to validate their claims of meaningful use compliance directly through their clinical informatics network.

Jonathan Bush, chief executive officer of Massachusetts-based Athena Health says that physicians should be required to submit actual performance data to qualify for meaningful use payments.

“Until meaningful use performance data can be electronically submitted from a provider’s EHR, attestation unnecessarily remains a subjective and qualitative measure of success – forcing undue stress on providers, creating the need for stringent and costly after-the-fact audits, and underutilizing the capabilities of EHRs,” Bush said at a recent meeting of the Health IT Advisory Committee, as quoted by the news source.

Physicians and healthcare providers currently using Athena Health’s medical informatics network will soon have access to a real-time information dashboard, enabling them to submit actual performance data to qualify for the meaningful use financial incentive. According to the vendor’s official website, use of the cloud-based clinical informatics system will allow providers to measure their success of meeting all 20 of the CMS’ meaningful use performance criteria, and to examine which areas of compliance need improvement in order to qualify.