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Using your EHR to reach Meaningful Use

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide financial incentives to providers and hospitals who adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Achieving Meaningful Use can be a confusing and challenging endeavor for providers and their staff. The Meaningful Use Resource Center was created to provide a single, comprehensive informational tool for providers and their staff as they work towards meeting the Meaningful Use requirements. This section contains specific information about Meaningful Use and EHR Vendors.

Workflow Redesign

Changing how you work, or how your office staff do their work can be an arduous task, but the rewards go beyond receiving incentives under Meaningful Use. In fact, a lack of thorough workflow planning is one of the biggest reasons for avoidable losses in productivity and extended work days. The path to successful EHR implementation starts with practice workflow analysis and redesign. If efficiently managed, workflow redesign can be the difference-maker to maximize office efficiencies and improve care coordination using EHRs.

The first step in achieving meaningful use is understanding if your practice is ready to move from paper records to electronic health records (EHRs). Click on guide below, which will take you through six steps of implementing an electronic health records system, which also includes guidance on reaching Meaningful Use.

Below are additional resources to help you redesign or refine your workflow processes to meet Meaningful Use requirements. First, a few tips on approaching workflow redesign:

This documentAdobe Acrobat file will help you assess your practice workflow through “AS IS” (how workflows currently exist) and “TO BE” (how workflows can be optimized through practice transformation) process mapping.

The templates included in the PowerPoint slideshow linked hereAdobe Acrobat file will give you a visual guide as to how your current processes can be restructured within your practice to help move your office workflow toward achieving Meaningful Use.

Common Challenges

Overcoming the challenges involved in achieving Meaningful Use can be difficult. Below are helpful links to information for some of the most common problem areas.