HealthFusion® is proud to report that our first MediTouch® physician user has received their initial payment of Meaningful Use Incentive Funds as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 1 Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use Medicare Incentive Program.
MediTouch EHR® user, and Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, Mark Uzansky, D.O. of Livonia, MI became one of the first physicians in the nation to receive $18,000 in stimulus funds, successfully using HealthFusion’s MediTouch EHR® to complete the first phase of the CMS Incentive Program.
Dr. Uzansky achieved Meaningful Use by using the MediTouch® Web-Based Integrated Solution. The MediTouch® system facilitated management of all of Dr. Uzansky office requirements including the billing, scheduling, clearinghouse and electronic health records, including electronic prescribing. Meaningful Use EHR charting was performed predominantly via fingertip touch input on an Apple® iPad®. Using this technology to achieve meaningful use is a first in the industry!
Dr. Uzansky stated, “As an ENT specialist, my practice required an EHR that would allow for primary care charting as well as specialty charting. The MediTouch self-customization was easy to set up and being an Internet based system, my charts are secure, HIPAA compliant, and I can access my charts anywhere in the world.”
The 2009 HITECH Act, “the stimulus package”, provides for $19.2 billion in federal incentives to encourage physician adoption of EHR (electronic health record) technology. The law is a major advancement toward improving health care quality, while reducing costs and medical errors. According to the HITECH Act, physicians are eligible to receive up to $44,000 from Medicare, over five years, in total incentives per physician for Meaningful Use of a certified EHR starting this year. Medicaid Providers may receive close to $64,000 starting this year. Dr. Uzansky qualified and received the $18,000 stimulus check by demonstrating just 90 continuous days of Meaningful Use with the MediTouch EHR®. Dr. Uzansky is also eligible to receive an additional $12,000 check next year and the balance over the following 3 years by continuing to utilize MediTouch® in his daily practice.
This payment represents the first of many payments that we expect MediTouch® users to achieve. Every day our system is tracking, managing, and reporting on the Meaningful Use process, so that MediTouch® physicians meet the government guidelines. With MediTouch® we manage to get our providers prepared for reporting Meaningful Use, without a lot of alarms and pop-ups that distract the physician from the most important part of their practice – their patients.
MediTouch’s® cloud-based solution is able to track, in real-time, the progress of our entire physician user database, and adjust our program such that our eligible providers can collect incentive dollars free of stress and hassle. To assist those eligible providers in qualifying for stimulus funds, MediTouch® translates provider data into an easy to understand Meaningful Use Report Card®, which enables those eligible providers and staff to understand their performance and meet the CMS reporting requirements.
There will be additional stages to Meaningful Use (Stages 2 and 3) and MediTouch® is committed to rapidly adopt any new measures that the government mandates for those new stages. Our software was certified for Meaningful Use Stage 1 within the first 30 days of the certification program and our providers can expect the same level of commitment from MediTouch® for the next stages. Our doctors won’t need to be retrained or purchase new software to achieve the next stage of Meaningful Use, our web based solution updates automatically!
It is great that our first provider has banked his initial Medicare Meaningful User Incentive Payment, but rest assured, the MediTouch® team will not rest until all of our providers receive their entire incentive payment over the next 5 years!