Meaningful Use

Frequently Asked Questions

RamSoft PowerServer 5.1, Complete Ambulatory EHR, was certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the 2011 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. PowerServer 5.1, available in RIS/PACS and TelePlus models, was certified on October 7, 2011.

The following is for general informational purposes only, and is not a legal document or guidance.

What is Meaningful Use?

Meaningful Use refers to programs that provide financial benefits for Eligible Professionals (EPs) that achieve specified healthcare IT objectives.

ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONALS (EPs):

  • Radiologists who read > 10% out-patient studies (not Emergency Room or in-patient)
  • Radiologists who work on-site as well as remotely (teleradiology)
  • Radiologists who read for Medicare and/or Medicaid patients
  • Radiologists who read hospital and non-hospital studies may exclude hospital studies
  • Radiologists must read 50% of their studies using certified EHR technology and only required to meet objectives for those studies

What is the Purpose of Meaningful Use?

The purpose of Meaningful Use is to improve patient care by providing practitioners with access to accurate and complete information about their patients. For the patient, this means improved care and greater ability to make informed decisions about their health care. RamSoft has specifically designed software so radiologists can qualify for Meaningful Use with most objectives satisfied automatically.

What are the incentive payments?

Medicare Program

For the Medicare program, at least $16,000 in Medicare allowable Part B charges during the full calendar year of 2014 is required for the maximum incentive payment.  2014 is the last year the CMS will be offering incentive payments for radiologists starting the Medicare MU Program.

Medicaid Program

Radiologists must have a minimum Medicaid patient volume of 30% (20% for pediatric radiologists) to participate in the Medicaid MU Program. The incentive payments for the Medicaid program are based on the cost attributed to payment for Certified EHR Technology or support services.

The following table outlines the potential incentive payments for radiologists starting the Meaningful Use Program in 2014:

Year Medicare Medicaid
2014 $12,000 $21,250
2015 $8,000 $8,500
2016 $4,000 $8,500
2017 $8,500
2018 $8,500
2019 $8,500
TOTAL $24,000 $63,750

Incentive Program Timelines and Important Dates

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