PBHCI and "Meaningful Use"
Meeting the Grant Requirements for "Meaningful Use" of Patient Data
ACA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act place a strong emphasis on the widespread adoption and implementation of electronic health record (EHR) technology. Successful tracking and coordination of care is enhanced by the ability to exchange health information; this and the documenting and tracking of preventive health efforts across settings helps improve the overall health of clients. SAMHSA expects PBHCI grantees to achieve Meaningful Use Standards, as defined by CMS, by the end of the grant period; to that end, applicants must propose how they will develop and demonstrate the ability to:
- Submit at least 40% of prescriptions electronically (as allowable given state-specific laws regarding the use of e-prescriptions for controlled substances)
- Receive structured lab results electronically
- Share a standard continuity of care record between behavioral health providers and physical health providers and;
- Participate in the Regional Extension Center (REC) program
Wondering where to get the specifications for implementing the measures for Meaningful Use?
This CMS resource will walk you through the details for each of the Core and each of the Menu Objective Measures.
1 Go to https://www.cms.gov/ehrincentiveprograms/30_Meaningful_Use.asp
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
3. Under the heading “Downloads” click the first bulleted link to the ZIP folder “ALL Stage 1 EHR Meaningful Use Specification Sheets for Eligible Professionals” to download the folder that contains a pdf on each one of the 25 Core and Menu Objectives and Measures.
Need some help in calculating the numerators / denominators for the Meaningful Use measures?
This online calculator will walk you through the steps for each measure, and help you to ensure that you are using the right calculations for qualifying eligible professionals for the incentive program.
This website is for centralized links to authoritative resources on HIT, EHRs and Meaningful Use.