About Meaningful Use
In September 2012, US Congress allocated $30 billion for use as incentive payments to eligible professionals, practices, facilities and clinics that could successfully demonstrate 'meaningful use of certified EHR systems'. On July 13 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services delivered their final HIPAA ruling, which takes effect on September 23, 2013.
Those individuals and teams eligible may apply and take advantage of both Medicare and Medicaid incentives, which will provide them with payments designed to encourage EHR implementation and adoption, offsetting the costs of such systems, and encouraging an increased use of technological methods intended to secure medical data more effectively than ever before, while at the same time providing the opening channel for future Health Information Exchange interactivity and open standards required within a modern National medical system of communities.
The VersaForm EHR system is a fully ONC certified EHR which is able to assist clients with their workflow, required documentation and reporting structures needed to achieve the high standards demanded within the HIPAA final ruling regulations, thereby easing the overall workflow and ensuring HIPAA compliance is achieved in a timely, accurate and well-prepared manner. All required documentation is also recorded for historical reference if required, as may occur in the event of a random ONC audit.
Medicare Eligible professionals may receive up to $44,000 over five years, with the potential for further incentives if they provide their services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HSPA).
Medicaid incentives are available to eligible professionals and hospitals, offering up to $63,750 over the six year timeframe of the program.
Medicaid is currently available in 56 individual states and territories, as of August 29, 2013.