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Meaningful Use’ Compliant EHR Technology Implementation – specialists’ perspective

Meaningful Use’ Compliant EHR Technology Implementation – specialists’ perspective

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“While specialist practitioners, such as Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, Urologists, etc. can claim exemptions and exclusion of certain objectives set out in the Meaningful Use Clause by CMS, they are not treated preferentially as far as documenting clinical processes using approved and compliant EHR software is concerned: their responsibility for reporting clinical data using Certified EHR Technology and EHR modules remains as mandatory as for general practitioners.”
“While specialist practitioners, such as Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, Urologists, etc. can claim exemptions and exclusion of certain objectives set out in the Meaningful Use Clause by CMS, they are not treated preferentially as far as documenting clinical processes using approved and compliant EHR software is concerned: their responsibility for reporting clinical data using Certified EHR Technology and EHR modules remains as mandatory as for general practitioners.”

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Meaningful Use Compliant EHR Technology Implementation specialists perspective
 ³While specialist practitioners, such as Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, Urologists,etc. can claim exemptions and exclusion of certain objectives set out in the Meaningful UseClause by CMS, they are not treated preferentially as far as documenting clinical processesusing approved and compliant EHR software is concerned: their responsibility for reportingclinical data using Certified EHR Technology and EHR modules remains as mandatory as forgeneral practitioners.´ There has hardly been anything that has got as much an attention as the CMS¶ MeaningfulUse criterion for medical practitioners ± a program for eligible practitioners to be able toqualify for Medicare incentives upon meeting a certain set of core objectives set out in theMeaningful Use Clause under the ARRA. Although CMS has laid down guidelines for generalpractitioners, who serve the bulk of Medicare beneficiaries, yet their specialist colleagues ±such as Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, Urologists, etc. ± are not out of the CMS¶ Meaningful Use ambit; after all they too are indispensable to CMS¶ initiative towards anefficient healthcare environment. But, because their service-composition and documentingvaries from general practitioners, specialists¶ requisite compliance with core objectives setout in the Meaningful Use Clause under the ARRA gets a little different.Recognizing the diverse nature of specialists, CMS has allowed for certain exceptions andexemptions from complying with certain objectives that does not owe allegiance to thesespecialist practices. Therefore, of the 20 mandatory objectives to be met out a possible listof 25, specialist practitioners can still seek exemptions on the ground of being unique fieldsof medicine. Consequently, their mandatory objective-list ultimately becomes less than 20;while CPOE, eRx, Vital Signs, Smoking Status, Electronic Copy of Health Information, andClinical Summaries are usually allowed exemptions from Meaningful Use objectives, thefollowing exclusions may still be claimed under substantiated evidence: Drug FormularyChecks, Clinical Lab Test Results, Patients Reminders, Patient Electronic Access, MedicationReconciliation, Summary Care Record, Immunization Registries Data Submission, andSyndromic Surveillance Data Submission.While specialist practitioners, such as Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, Urologists,etc. can claim exemptions and exclusion of certain objectives set out in the Meaningful UseClause by CMS, they are not treated preferentially as far as documenting clinical processesusing approved and compliant EHR software is concerned: their responsibility for reportingclinical data using Certified EHR Technology and EHR modules remains as mandatory as forgeneral practitioners. Thus, everything points towards sourcing and implementing EHRsoftware¶s that best serve unique needs of diverse practices while also being compliant withthe CMS mandate on Certified EHR Technology for achieving Meaningful Use criterion bench-mark.

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