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Medical Transcription Services Meet Meaningful Use Requirements

One of the biggest challenges I see facing us in the transcription industry is the mis-information EHR reps sometimes give to our clients about meeting Meaningful Use requirements.  I frequently hear stories of EHR reps saying that if doctors don’t use the EHR for documenting their patient encounters, they are not meeting Meaningful Use.


I wanted to get to the bottom of this once and for all, so I called the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), and after three days of being transferred to various people in the bureaucracy, finally was put in touch with one of the CMS’s knowledge experts in the area of Meaningful Use.   I sent her the attached article for her review, and both she and other media relations staff at the CMS agreed thatphysicians who use transcription can indeed meet all Meaningful Use requirements, providing they use the EHR to capture a select number of data points within the EHR.

This is further evidence that there is nothing in Meaningful Use that prevents physicians from continuing their use of dictation and transcription, providing they are using their EHRs to capture the eight specific data points mentioned in the article as structured data within an ONC-approved EHR.

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