TMA's Health Information Technology (HIT) Department has analyzed new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data on meaningful use attestations by electronic health record (EHR) vendors in Texas. The numbers help physicians see which products have the greatest success rate in attesting for the meaningful use incentive program. The two most commonly used EHR systems for Texas in the federal database are eClinicalWorks and EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EMR.
TMA will host a meaningful use webinar on Tuesday, June 18, as part of the Tech Tuesdays webinar series. TMA leader Eric Weidmann, MD, and Shannon Vogel, director of TMA's HIT Department, will provide insight and tips into the meaningful use program.
Over the last few years, TMA's HIT Department has developed many tools and resources to help you tackle HIT challenges. The tools can help you select an EHR, understand the EHR incentive program, or prevent an e-prescribing penalty (act by June 30!). You can find links to all of these tools on the Technology page of the TMA website.
- EHR Product Evaluation Tool: This tool compares the most-used EHRs in Texas by functionality and pricing.
- EHR Vendors Most Used in Texas: View the list of commonly used EHR vendors in Texas, as self-reported by Texas physicians and EHR vendors.
- Meaningful Use Attestations by EHR Vendor in Texas: Find out which EHR vendors have the most meaningful use attestations in Texas.
- EHR Buyer Beware: Issues to Consider When Contracting With EHR Vendors: This paper discusses eight important EHR contract terms you should consider before signing an EHR contract.
- EHR Incentive Program Resource Center: This resource center provides details and instructions sheets for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.
- Meaningful Use Achievement Toolkit: This tool gives detailed instructions about what the government requires, specific to your EHR product, for you to meet any one of the 25 meaningful use criteria. The EHRs represented are eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, GE Healthcare, Greenway Medical, and NextGen.
- Texas Regional Extension Center Resource Center: Regional extension centers (RECs) were established across the country, with four in Texas, to give physicians in-depth assistance in selection, implementation, and meaningful use of an EHR. This helps to ensure eligible physicians meet the requirements to earn the EHR incentives. Visit the resource center for details on location, eligibility, and contact information.
- E-Prescribing Resource Center: Physicians should e-prescribe now to prevent the Medicare penalty and earn the Medicare bonus. Benefits of e-prescribing include medication reconciliation, medication history, eligibility, and formulary information. Visit the resource center for help with e-prescribing.
If you have questions about these HIT tools and resources or if you need additional help, contact the TMA HIT Helpline at (800) 880-5720 or email HIT@texmed.org.
Deadlines for Doctors: You have until June 30, 2013, to avoid an e-prescribing penalty next year.
Action, June 3, 2013