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Meaningful Use

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About Us

Meaningful Use (MU) is the set of standards defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs that governs the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and allows eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria. The term MU was introduced as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and focuses on quality reporting of core measures through the use of health IT.

The goal of MU is to promote the utilization of EHRs to improve health care in the United States. NJII has assisted more than 6,000 primary-care physicians and specialists across the country in achieving MU of an EHR system and other health information technology initiatives.

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What We Do

We assist providers in reaching MU goals through membership services that include:

  • Personal MU Specialist
  • Registration Assistance
  • Compliance Assistance
  • MU Gap Analysis
  • Attestation Assistance
  • Guidance through the Privacy and Security Risk Assessment
  • CMS Audit Preparation and Documentation Storage

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Payments

If an EP does not successfully demonstrate MU of certified EHR technology, the EP’s Medicare physician fee schedule amount for covered professional services will be subject to a payment adjustment. The payment adjustments are as follows:

  • 2015 — 3% of Medicare physician fee schedule covered amount in 2017
  • 2016 — 4% of Medicare physician fee schedule covered amount in 2018
  • 2017 — 5% of Medicare physician fee schedule covered amount in 2019

Under the MACRA legislation, payment adjustments will continue based on the MIPS Incentive Program.

Payment Adjustments and Hardship Application

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being a huge help to me during MedOptions attestation process… You have educated me and made the process easy for me to understand… You are a pleasure to work with and I don’t think I could’ve got through this without you.
Lenae Picco, Audit Supervisor

Benefits

MU through EHRs can provide many benefits for providers and their patients:

  • Complete and accurate information to provide the best possible care.
  • Better access to and sharing of information.
  • Patient empowerment and more active participation by patients in their health.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Vanessa Torres-Noziglia, vanessa.noziglia@njii.com, 973-642-7064.