EHR Dashboard May Not Tell You Everything
By David Doolittle

1.30 EHR vendorHere’s a pop quiz about your electronic health record (EHR):

You diagnose a patient with strep throat and give her educational materials about strep. Does your EHR software require you to check a box to indicate that you’ve completed that education measure?

Don’t go peeking, this is a pop quiz.

Give up?

Well, this is actually a trick question because the answer depends on your EHR vendor. 

Reporting requirements can vary by vendor, so if you don’t know what’s required – such as checking a box – the dashboard you use to track your progress in a quality payment program could contain missing or incorrect data.

TMA has received several complaints about missing or inaccurate information within members’ Meaningful Use and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) dashboards. To avoid this, TMA reminds you to be aware of what – and how – you go about reporting using that vendor’s system. 

In addition, when attesting for MIPS or Meaningful Use, it is important to run reports on all of the measures you’ve selected to verify that the dashboard’s data is accurate.

Those reports will help in case you are audited, so be sure to save a copy of the report and any screenshots showing the measures you’ve met. Read more about how to prepare for an audit here.

If you have questions about the meaningful use program or MIPS, contact TMA's Health Information Technology Department by email or call (800) 880-5720. 

Last Updated On

January 30, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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