As a certified EHR, OfficeMate/ExamWRITER version 10 helps position ECPs to achieve meaningful use and receive the stimulus money available to them.

The latest OfficeMate/ExamWRITER software from Eyefinity helps ECPs make the most of EHRs.

With healthcare providers being mandated to have electronic health records capabilities by 2015, practices continue to discuss the term “meaningful use” and the importance of using a certified electronic health record (EHR) in the practice. Another discussion they should be having is the government’s stimulus money for this program. There’s a lot of money on the table for eyecare professionals (ECPs) right now and Eyefinity is looking to help them get their share.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), better known as the Economic Stimulus Package, was signed into law on February 17, 2009. It includes a health information technology component, dubbed the HITECH Act, and provides federal incentives of up to $44,000 per physician over five years. The Medicare EHR Incentive Program provides incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The faster providers can show meaningful use, the more lucrative the incentive will be for them. The first incentives will be paid in 2011 based on performance in 2010. By 2015, physicians who are not using certified EHRs could be penalized by Medicare and Medicaid in the form of payment adjustments.

Ideally, ECPs will become EHR compliant and cash in on the stimulus program as soon as possible. Set for its wide release this summer, OfficeMate®/ExamWRITER® version 10 can help them reach both of these goals. For starters, ExamWRITER version 10 is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 compliant and was recently certified as a Complete EHR by the Certifi-cation Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT).

THE MEANING OF ‘MEANINGFUL USE’ The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specifies three main components of Meaningful Use as follows:
1. The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
2. The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
3. The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

OfficeMate/ExamWRITER version 10 incorporates all the necessary components and functionality needed to achieve CCHIT certification. These updated features create an integrated practice management and electronic medical records system that can help increase office efficiency, improve profitability, and enhance patient care. In addition, ECPs will now have software to help meet the criteria for “meaningful use.”

Key features include:
• Enhanced VSP interface
• Scalable architecture from single-location to multi-location practices
• Streamlined product setup and maintenance
• Comprehensive resource scheduler
• Streamlined installation and upgrade process

Eyefinity ’s “Meaningful Strategies to Meaningful Use” is a training and education re-source, developed to complement OfficeMate/ExamWRITER version 10’s release. The program focuses on demystifying the proper use of a certified EHR via “meaningful use” (see “The Meaning of ‘Meaningful Use,’” above). It provides instructions on how to apply for available stimulus money and offers frequent Webinars, training videos, and answers to frequently asked questions.

OfficeMate/ExamWRITER version 10 has the electronic and government qualifications and certification that your EHR needs to capture all the potential government incentives available, while maintaining its role as a total billing, scheduling, and patient documentation system.

Dianna Graves is a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist and Clinical Services Manager for St. Paul Eye Clinic in Woodbury, MN.

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