Meaningful Use Resources

The importance of sound quality reporting continues to grow with new financial incentives and penalties in programs established under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. To receive financial incentives, beginning in 2011, eligible hospitals must be able to demonstrate "meaningful use" of a certified electronic health record (EHR). To avoid penalties to Medicare rates starting in 2015, hospitals must be engaging in meaningful use.

To help our clients meet meaningful use requirements, Press Ganey offers a certified EHR module* for reporting hospital clinical quality eMeasures. In addition, the following resources are designed to help you understand the program and how your organization may be affected.

Put Your Valuable Data to Work

While the adoption of certified EHR technology will enable organizations to satisfy incentive requirements, the data captured by EHRs is invaluable. It can fuel powerful analysis and performance evaluation, as well as satisfy other quality reporting requirements at the federal, state and regulatory level. Press Ganey is committed to providing the solutions and resources necessary for verification and submission to the various quality reporting agencies.

As health care providers capture vast amounts of detailed data, Press Ganey will help clients leverage the power of this data to drive quality, safety and performance improvements within their organization. Quality Performer provides an integrated solution that collects traditional core measures, benchmarked data and comparison data in addition to eMeasures. This comprehensive solution will help our clients succeed in this complex and competitive quality performance environment.

White Paper: Of Meaningful Use and Hospital Quality

The meaningful use provisions of the HITECH Act are starting to kick into high gear, with financial rewards for adopting electronic health records technology already being paid out – and serious penalties for failing to do so coming in a few years. It isn't easy to meet the rules of this complex program, but doing nothing is not an option for most hospitals and medical practices. This Press Ganey white paperoutlines one of the most serious challenges – reporting electronic quality of care measures to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Emeasures look a lot like chart-abstracted measures, but they aren’t the same, and there are specific steps a hospital must take in order to successfully undertake one of the more important aspects of meaningful use. (July 2011)

CMS Resources

The CMS Web site provides detailed information about many relevant
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Press Ganey Resources

Learn more about Press Ganey's certified EHR module for quality measures, Hospital eMeasures

To learn more about the Press Ganey solution for hospital quality emeasures, or to talk with one of our experts, please telephone us at 800.232.8032 or contact us.

* The Quality PerformerSM - Hospital eMeasures v1 EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Drummond Group Inc., an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Press Ganey Associates, 4/19/2012, Quality Performer - Hospital eMeasures v1.2, 04192012-1207-1, Clinical Quality Measures Certified, SHA1 Hash Calculator; WinZip used, EHR module certification of the following: 170.302 O, Q-V; 170306.


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