Meaningful Use Myths (Part 2)
by Leigh-Ann Renz, 6.16.14
Meaningful Use Myth # 2:
"Meaningful Use doesn't affect me because I'm in mental & behavioral health / substance abuse / psychiatry"
FALSE! Meaningful Use affects all practices who have an MD, DO or NP (on staff or contracted) and who receive reimbursements from Medicaid and/or Medicare. This greatly impacts substance abuse and psychiatry practices!
For Medicaid, your practice must have a minimum client population of 30% Medicaid. For Medicare, there is no minimum.
Even if your organization is primarily counseling, if a doctor prescribes for the practice and has not committed their MU incentive grant money to another company, your practice is considered eligible for Meaningful Use (and may incur Medicare penalties if applicable - see Meaningful Use 2014: Use It or Lose It! for details.)
Check out the decision tree below to determine if you qualify and, if so, check out our Meaningful Use for Mental Health webinar presented by MTG for help with setting a certification plan.
Meaningful Use Myth # 1: "I've heard that CMS is delaying Meaningful Use and that the 7/1/14 deadline no longer applies"