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ARRAMeaningful Use Update Mount Auburn Hospital Information Systems Update March 2011
Topics Outline • ARRA Meaningful Use – A brief history • Overview of Measures • Core Set • Menu Set • Clinical Quality Measures • Project List • Attestation and Reporting; Timeline and Structure
ARRA – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Effective February 19th, 2009 HITECH is the health IT section Created the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy and HIT Standards Committee Provided approximately $20 billion in incentive payments for Eligible Providers and Hospitals under Medicare and Medicaid “for adoption and meaningful use of certified EHR technology” Meaningful Use Final Rule specifying requirements became available July, 2010
Established measures to meet 5 core goals Improve quality, safety, efficiency and reduce health disparities Engage patients and families in their care Improve care coordination Ensure privacy and security for Personal Health Information Improve public health and interact with public health programs
Meeting MU Requirements • For Hospitals • Meet 14 requirements from a core set • Meet 5 requirements from a menu set. • At least one must be a public health reporting requirement • Establish the infrastructure to report on 15 Core Quality Measures • Quality measures are one of the core requirements • Achieve all of the above using certified functionality within a certified Electronic Health Record.
Stages of Meaningful Use * Note that Year 1 of Stage 1 reporting period is 90 days. Remainder of reporting requirements are for full fiscal year.
Mount Auburn Hospital Status – Core Requirements • Status update consists of 3 categories of reporting: • Project Status: Denotes the status of the project work required to complete the measure • Technology Status: Denotes the status of the technology used to complete the measure; ie – certification status • Measurement Tool: Is the measurement tool completed and functional for attestation
Meaningful Use Quality Measures • MU Reporting users new “e-Definitions” promoting the use of coded terminology • MU requires reporting on all patients, regardless of payer status • For Year 1 reporting period, 90 days of data will be reported. • The first year, attestation inclusive of measure numerator and denominators are required. • Subsequent stages will require electronic submission of data files.
Health Information Technology Standards Panel • Electronic specifications for Quality Measures are defined in the HITSP Technical Note (906) • Meaningful Use Quality Measures for phase one include: • ED Throughput • VTE Measures • Stroke Measures
Mount Auburn Project List • MEDITECH Allergy Conversion • Upgrade of Patient Discharge Instructions • Creation of secure electronic downloads of Electronic Health Records and Discharge Instructions • Upgrading infrastructure and enabling encryption • Installation of Data Repository • Completion of Demographic Requirements • Begin Testing and building Continuity of Care and Public Health interfaces • Start codifying in required nomenclature (Laboratory Data, Medications, Immunizations) • Implement Problem List functionality • Upgrade all systems to certified versions of vendor software
Attesting and Reporting • Registration for the program is now open. • The Medicare Attestation page will be ready for use in April, 2011 • Select a reporting period – Goal is May 15th, 2011 – August 13, 2011 • Final date to begin reporting period for 2011 payment is July 3, 2011
Next Steps in Meaningful Use • Stage 2 requirements build on Stage 1. Menu set items become required and thresholds increase. • Preliminary Stage 2 requirements have been posted for comment in 4 out of 5 areas. • In 2015, penalties for not being a Meaningful User begin
Resources • www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/ • Healthit.hhs.gov • www.hitsp.org • www.meditech.com • www.himss.org