Tag Archives: Meaningful Use

How Japanese Business Process Improvements Could Improve EHR Certification in the U.S.

There has been a lot of criticism levied at CMS for the different Meaningful Use (MU) certification stages.    Kaizen, an Asian business process analysis that is similar to Lean or Agile, may shed some insight on how to make the Meaningful Use process better so providers and vendors a like can fulfill the mission of MU.

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CMS Just Unveiled eHealth University. What is it Exactly?

CMS recently launched eHealth University, an online source for information regarding different eHealth initiatives and mandates.  One of the major pain points for the healthcare industry as a whole is the (sometimes) overwhelming number of things that come down the pike seemingly all at the same time.  CMS is trying to help the industry cut through this confusion by presenting a curriculum that contains information in a single source related to all of this.  Currently, eHealth University contains information regarding the following 4 initiatives and mandates:  ICD-10, Meaningful Use Stage 2, Administrative Simplification, and the electronic reporting of Quality Measurements (otherwise known as PQRS).

What Does Meaningful Use Mean?

Although Axiom has a heavy payer focus, it’s always a good idea to know a little bit more of what is going on the provider side of the industry.

The federal government mandated the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) for use by physicians and hospitals that take federal medical payments, e.g. Medicare and Medicaid.  Not only did these eligible providers have to install a certified EHR, they was a secondary set of criteria called Meaningful Use, or MU in short.  

Click here to read more about the 3 different stages of MU, the timeline for each stage, and what is covered.