Meaningful Use Is Expiring: What You Need to Know

In 2009, Congress passed the HITECH Act, which created Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Over the last several years, eligible dentists and dental organizations have been able to receive federal funding for adopting EHRs.

But, like all good things, this stimulus money must come to an end. The provisions of the HITECH Act are set to expire at the end of 2021.

Why Attest?

You may not have previously considered attesting for these subsidies through what’s now called Promoting Interoperability Programs (PIP). However, with the current challenging economic climate, Meaningful Use funds could be more valuable to your dental organization than ever before — and, even if you haven’t received funding recently, you may still qualify.

Affected Programs

If you applied in the first two years of the program, it may not be too late. You still have an opportunity to capture funding for one PIP program before it ends in 2021:

    • Promoting Interoperability: Medicaid. For those looking to take advantage of these funds in 2020, October 1 is the last date to start. The full PIP program will end on September 30, 2021 (although CMS is extending the reporting period to December 31, 2021).

Get the Funding You Need

Dentrix Enterprise by Henry Schein One helps dental organizations provide the documentation and reporting needed to qualify for PIP funds. Dentrix Enterprise 11.0 CE is a modular EHR that helps practices meet requirements to obtain their funding. This includes Base Criteria, CQMs, and Meaningful Use Measures. It is also a trusted solution on the Certified Health IT Product List of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dentrix Enterprise uses the trusted Health Level Seven (HL7) international standard for electronic health data and interoperates with over 40 medical systems, allowing dental departments to take advantage of PIP incentives without having to compromise dental-specific workflows.

Even if you didn’t enroll in the Meaningful Use incentive program, Dentrix Enterprise can still help with reporting that can help you get grants and other funding.

Don’t lose out on the valuable funding your organization can still capture. You still have time to get in on receiving PIP funds before it’s too late.

Meaningful Use Resources