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EASE and the Evolution of Meaningful Use

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program, commonly referred to as meaningful use, defined minimum government standards for using electronic health records (EHR) and for exchanging patient clinical data between healthcare providers, between healthcare providers and insurers, and between healthcare providers and patients. Incentive payments became available to eligible professionals who successfully demonstrated the use of a certified EHR technology.

Building on Meaningful Use: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have since moved from a reimbursement model based on meaningful use to a value-based care model through the introduction of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Under MACRA, the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) consolidates components of multiple, quality programs into a single, cohesive program that avoids redundancies and improves quality of care. The Quality Payment Program (QPP) in MIPS now rewards clinicians based on the quality, cost effectiveness, and patient engagement of their certified EHR technology as well as their incorporation of QPP categories such as Advancing Care Information and Quality Measures Reporting.

The Role of EASE in the Evolution of Meaningful Use

Patients and physicians together are using apps to streamline and allow instant access to medical records and information. As a regular part of communication in clinical settings, medical apps have been shown to improvethe quality, safety, and efficiency of care by engaging patients and families in care coordination. While healthcare mobile adoption may have increased due to standards put forth from governmental objectives, at EASE we believe the increase in use of our medical app is because of its myriad benefits. With EASE, medical professionals are able to provide real-time text messages, pictures, and short video clips directly to apatient’s family’s and friends’ smartphonesduring a surgery, allowing them to feel as if they’ve never left their loved one’s side. Just as meaningful use evolved to include more than the minimum standards for the electronic exchange of health information, EASE has evolved (and will continue to evolve) with updates to provide all users with cutting edge technology and access while always maintaining privacy and HIPAA compliance.

Are you looking to meet governmental compliance standards or increase your incentive-based reimbursements? Download our EASE app or brochures, check out our list of frequently asked questions, or contact us with any questions you may have today.

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