Tobacco & Meaningful Use
There are several reasons why addressing Meaningful Use (MU) is critically important to New Hampshire's tobacco cessation efforts. The meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) is designed to incent and motivate clinicians and healthcare systems to identify patients who use tobacco and to provide them with evidence-based treatment.
As EHR Incentive Programs move forward in NH, referring tobacco dependent patients to proactive cessation quitlines will change from a paper fax to an electronic referral (e-referral). E-referrals from providers to QuitWorks-NH and electronic feedback reports from QuitWorks-NH to the referring provider results in comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment and strengthens partnerships between clinical practice and public health services. Use this helpful Fact Sheet for more information on MU and Tobacco Cessation .
Effective October 1, 2015, the U.S. health care system transitioned to ICD-10 codes, which expand the breadth and depth of documentation for health care in general and tobacco use and exposure in particular. The University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention has created a new fact sheet which details the changes.
Is your healthcare system certified for the EHR Incentive Program Stage 2 or later? All healthcare systems participating in the electronic health referral (EHR) Incentive Program are required to use such EHRs beginning in 2015. The new NAQC guide includes an important discussion on how eReferral systems can be used by healthcare systems to meet performance measures for the EHR Incentive Program, as well as for the Joint Commission, PQRS and HEDIS. If a healthcare system is planning to upgrade from a Stage 1 to a Stage 2 certified EHR, it is recommended that the provider wait for an operational Stage 2 EHR before building a bi-directional e-referral system (QuitWorks-NH is ready to be a bi-directional e-referral in your healthcare system when you are ready!)
If your office is interested in becoming a participant in QuitWorks-NH, contact Teresa Brown at 603-271-8949 or by e-mail at Teresa.Brown@dhhs.nh.gov.
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