We are pleased to offer our Dentrix Enterprise customers a certified solution for the EHR Incentive Program, also known as the Meaningful Use Program. Dentrix Enterprise 8.0 CE is a Modular EHR that meets 100% of the Base Criteria, 100% of CQM Domains, and 100% of the Ambulatory CQMs. Dentrix Enterprise 8.0 MCE is a Modular EHR that meets 90% of the Base Criteria, 100% of CQM Domains and 100% of the Ambulatory CQMs, and we recommend that it be used for organizations that are using a medical solution for some components of their attestation.
For more information on these Dentrix Enterprise solutions, including certification details, please see: Disclaimer, Vendor and Product Information, and Costs/Limitations Disclosures for each product:
In 2009, the U.S. Federal Government signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as part of the stimulus package to help improve the economy. As part of the ARRA Act, the Health Information Technology Act (HITECH Act) provides funding to eligible providers for adopting electronic health records (EHRs).
HITECH ACT Goals:
The HITECH Act is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Most dentists who qualify for incentive payments will qualify under the Medicaid program; however, there are a few specialty dentists who will qualify under the Medicare program. (See Qualifications – Eligible Professionals, summarizing some of the differences between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.)
Healthcare professionals must meet the eligibility criteria defined by law in order to receive incentive payments for implementing EHR programs. CMS has summarized these eligibility requirements as including the following:
Eligible professionals under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program include:
Eligible professionals under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program generally include:
Also, to qualify for an incentive payment under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, an eligible professional must generally meet one of the following criteria:
Eligible professionals eligible for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs must choose which incentive program they wish to participate in when they register.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has summarized “Meaningful Use” as follows:
Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs require the use of certified EHR technology. Standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology have been adopted by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. You can find Dentrix Enterprise on the Certified Health IT Product List.
For more information about certified EHR Technology, visit the CMS website.
If you meet the eligible professional criteria and other EHR Incentive Program requirements, you must register and attest in order to receive payment. CMS has provided a Registration User Guide that we recommend for your review. Follow these simple steps:
With respect to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program:
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