July 2014 
Meaningful Use Opening Statements
Winston Churchill once said, “to improve is to change; to perfect is to change often.” As applied to our industry, it must indicate that we are close to perfect with the Meaningful Use legal language because it has certainly changed often!
The good news is that we are making great strides toward adoption. Based on information reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as of April 2013:
  • Approximately 80% of hospitals have received an incentive payment for adopting, implementing, upgrading, or meaningfully using an EHR, resulting in more than 3,800 received incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid
  • 73% (more than 388,000 eligible professionals) registered to participate in the EHR incentive program and more than half of them (291,000) received an incentive payment
  • 44% of hospitals are using EHR systems with certain advanced functionalities beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 1 compared with only 9.4% at this level in 2008
  • 40% of doctors are using EHR systems with the same advanced functionalities, up from 17% in 2008
  • 53% of office-based physicians are actively e-prescribing as of January 2013, up from only 0.8% in December 2006
In an effort to keep current with the changes on the topic of Meaningful Use, CareTech Solutions developed this five-part series on things to know, changes and key timing of requirements to help you navigate through your Meaningful Use journey.  
  • Part One: Understanding the Timing and Calculations for Incentive Payments
  • Part Two: Payment Adjustments
  • Part Three: Attestation Timelines
  • Part Four: Hardship Exemptions
  • Part Five: Security – What You Need to Know and Updates
We hope that you and your teams will find this information relevant and helpful.  

Paula Gwyn
Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development
CareTech Solutions

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