Transition of Care documents: Easing the burden

In a recent HITECH Answers post, Meaningful Use expert
Jim Tate draws attention to the major stumbling block presented by “Transition
of Care” (TOC) requirements.
In Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, TOCs became a core
requirement. Meeting the measure requires that an eligible hospital/CAH or
eligible professional “who transitions their patient to another setting of care
or provider of care or refers their patient to another provider of care”
produce a summary care document for each transition or referral.
To that end, EHs (Core
Measure #12
) and EPs (Core
Measure #15
)  each have three measure thresholds which they must meet:
  • Summary of care record for > 50 percent of
    transitions and referrals.
  • Summary of care record for > 10 percent of
    transitions and referrals by one of two methods
  • Choose one of two criteria: (1) Conduct at a
    least one successful electronic exchange of TOC; or (2) Conducts at least one
    successful test with the CMS designated test EHR during reporting period

As Tate writes, EHs in particular see meeting these measures
as the major obstacle in achieving Meaningful Use.
Transition of Care, while challenging to incorporate into
existing workflows, need not be the “real killer” in MU2. For a
Hospital on 2014 Certified Software, sending a TOC CCDA to another physician
should be as easy as a few clicks.

Ideally, EMR Systems can capitalize on the ease of the
DIRECT standard, making the movement of
TOC documents between physicians to be as fluid as e-mail.  Partnering
with an Accredited HISP such as
MaxMD makes
DIRECT practical for most any workflow.

MaxMD’s SendAnywhere offers
functionality similar to that of a web mail portal:
  • TOCs – and other confidential health information
    – can be sent any email address on the web
  • Direct mdEmail users can communicate securely
    beyond their network
  • Recipients who may not be “Direct-enabled” can
    still view/download TOC documents

ConnectEHR allows Direct Send to run in the background and broker exchanges of critical healthcare information. So there’s no need for trepidation
about navigating the waters outside your EMR.