Technology | October 14, 2011

Merge Releases Radiology Meaningful Use eBook

October 14, 2011 — Merge Healthcare announced the release of the “Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology” resource written specifically for radiologists. Meaningful use (MU) is critically important as it lays the foundation for interconnectivity among healthcare providers. However, it has not received the same level of attention in application to radiologists and radiology as it has to primary care practices. More than 90 percent of radiologists are qualified to earn HITECH Act incentives as well as risk hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicare payment reductions.

The Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology is written for front office associates, technologists, radiologists and physician's association (PA) groups. This free eBook will provide answers to questions such as:

  • Which radiology healthcare providers are eligible?
  • What is the required technology?
  • What is the financial opportunity?
  • What is involved with registration and attestation?
  • What should radiologic healthcare providers expect in coming years?
  • What are the processes and software used to capture and report health information?

Excerpt from Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology

Chapter 3: Objectives and Measures for Radiology

Purpose

This chapter describes Meaningful Use in more detail. It explains objectives, thresholds for compliance, what data must be reported, and when objectives do not apply (exclusions). Clinical quality measures (CQM) are also explained.

Summary

  • Rules and incentive payments apply to radiology.
  • To be eligible for incentive payments under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, EPs must:
  • Track and report patient and interoperability measures
  • Track and report on clinic operations
  • Use technology capable of tracking and reporting
  • Implementing Meaningful Use requires changes in clinic workflows.

The guide is free and is available for PC, iPad and iPhone.

For more information: www.merge.com

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