Physician Quality Reporting: The Hidden Requirements of Meaningful Use
Author: Jane Metzger, Jared Rhoads
Before finalizing plans for Stage 1 meaningful use, health systems and medical groups need to perform a detailed analysis of data capture needed for quality measure reporting. We deconstructed the six core and many of the selectable measures that would typically be needed to give every eligible professional (EP) six measures to meet the requirement for quality reporting into the unique data elements, and assigned them to the type of documentation in the EHR.
We found that the core data capture requirements for Stage 1 (e-prescribing, problem list, etc.) will only provide 48 percent of the data elements needed. In addition, it turns out that two of the optional functional requirements for EPs for Stage 1 – laboratory test results and medication reconciliation – are also important sources of data elements needed for the quality measures, providing an additional 14 percent of the needed information. The remainder of the data elements are the hidden functional requirements of meaningful use.
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