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5 Steps to Success with Stage 2 Meaningful Use

What does Stage 2 Meaningful Use involve for providers? The simple answer is that it raises the bar across the board on what it means to “meaningfully use” an EHR: there are more core measures, new menu measures, and higher reporting thresholds. In addition, the focus of Stage 2 Meaningful Use shifts away from recording and reporting towards care coordination and patient engagement.

In 2014, medical practices will face a “perfect storm” of regulatory and compliance issues with both Meaningful Use and the ICD-10 conversion happening at virtually the same time. Achieving both in the same year can seem daunting and complex. However, with the right planning and the right health information technology in place, it is possible to achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use while successfully navigating the transition to ICD-10.

Reap the rewards—and avoid significant penalties—by following these five steps to successfully bring your practice through the Meaningful Use program and beyond:

  1. Assess your starting point
  2. Plot your timeline
  3. Upgrade your EHR
  4. Integrate Meaningful Use measures into your workflow
  5. Create a patient engagement strategy

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