August 10, 2012
Achieving Meaningful Use in Massachusetts, part two
This is part two of our interview with Maureen Belley, director of information services at Lowell General Hospital. In part one, she discussed Lowell's Meaningful Use Stage 1 attestation journey. Here, she shares thoughts about Meaningful Use Stage 2 and how her hospital is preparing.
What are your reactions to the proposed Stage 2 measures?
Maureen Belley: Removing
clinical quality measures from the objective list and making it its own
requirement was a beneficial suggestion from CMS. The requirement for the
certified technology to incorporate and calculate each measure, the work effort
needed to extract and validate the reports will be more visible. The effort to
align the quality measures to other reporting programs is also advantageous.
Why is it important to continue building on the momentum from Stage 1 on into Stage 2?
Meaningful Use program’s ultimate goal is to develop a patient centered
technology that helps healthcare organizations provide higher quality,
efficient care to the people they serve. Stage 1 representing the first step of
this gradual approach to the goal, it makes sense that stage 2 builds upon Stage
1 and comprises more stringent requirements.
How is your hospital preparing for Stage 2, and even Stage 3?
MB: We are
reviewing the proposed rule but need to wait for Cerner 2014 Edition
certification to know what system updates will be needed. Then the necessary
process changes will be designed and implemented. Monitoring the reports will
be dually done for Stage 1 year two along with preparing for Stage 2.
the incentive payment, what is one benefit your hospital has realized from
being a meaningful user of health IT?
MB: Through the Meaningful Use
reports, we are able to see how effectively staff is using the EMR. The
reports also identify our compliance with safety measures such as Medication
Reconciliation and the comprehensiveness of the documentation of care. They provide the clinical and quality leadership with valuable data on where to
focus education and quality improvement efforts.