Dentrix Meaningful Use Access 7.6 is a software program which enables eligible dentists to qualify for incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Dentrix Meaningful Use Access was certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) in May 2012, and meets the requirements as a certified EHR.
Acquiring certified software will allow some providers to receive incentive payments from the government over a number of years. Most general dental providers will likely not qualify for government incentives, as these incentives typically apply to medical providers. Dentists who see at least 30% Medicaid patients may qualify; see specific qualification criteria.
To purchase Dentrix Meaningful Use Access call 1-800-983-5908
today or provide your contact information online, and we will have a representative contact you.
The Dentrix Meaningful Use Access EHR Module is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 compliant and has been tested and certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the 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.
Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc.
Dentrix Meaningful Use Access v.7.6
Certified: May 1, 2012
Certificate Number: CC-1112-100033-2
Quality Measures Tested:
- NQF 0013
- NQF 0024
- NQF 0028
- NQF 0031
- NQF 0032
- NQF 0038
- NQF 0041
- NQF 0043
- NQF 0421
In 2009, the U.S. Federal Government signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act (ARRA) as part of the stimulus package to help improve the economy. Part of
the ARRA Act, the Health Information Technology Act, known as the HITECH Act, provides
funding to eligible providers for the adoption of the electronic health record (EHR).
HITECH ACT Goals:
- improve the quality, safety, cost, and efficiency of health care
- engage patients and their families in their own healthcare
- reduce health disparities
- improve care coordination
- improve population and public health
- ensure privacy and security for personal health information
EHR Incentive Program Administration
The HITECH Act is administered by the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS). Most dentists who qualify for incentive payments will qualify under their
state Medicaid program, however there are a few specialty dentists
that will qualify under the Medicare Program. (See
Notable Differences between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs)
Dental-Specific EHR Incentive Program
Currently, there are no dental specific criteria in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the program
and there is not a vendor specific certification for dental. Vendors are required
to meet ALL of the certification requirements regardless of whether their customers
use them all. Dentrix Meaningful Use Access has met the EHR certification criteria,
and once acquired, will help eligible providers qualify for the incentive
Henry Schein and CMS
Henry Schein has communicated closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) since the inception of the EHR Incentive Program to clarify how it affects our customers. We are pleased to have formed a tight-knit relationship with their organization to ensure that the information we provide is completely accurate and the solutions that we provide meet their goals and standards.
Although the Federal Government has not specified dental specific criteria, the
American Dental Association (ADA)
wrote an article
to promote awareness of issues that may affect dentists and dental practices. This
may also help you to better understand the government program, and how it affects
you and your practice.
Below is a list of terms that you may hear in association with this important legislation.
Where available, simply click on the link to learn more about each term.
Healthcare professionals and hospitals must meet the eligibility criteria defined by law in order to receive incentive payments for implementing Electronic Health Records programs. Under the Medicaid Program, an “eligible
- Provides at least 30% of their services to Medicaid patients
- Meets the specific stage and yearly criteria.
Flow Chart – Determine Eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Eligibility Requirements for Professionals under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Eligible Providers who adopt, implement or upgrade to a certified EHR can receive incentive payments over the six years that they choose to participate in the program. The initial payment for Stage 1 Year 1 is $21,250.00 if you are deemed an eligible professional, and register and attest with CMS. See the Checklist
for more details.
Stage 1 Meaningful Use Criteria
Stage 1 only requires an EP to meet Meaningful Use in the second year. Year 1 requires an eligible provider to adopt, implement or upgrade to a certified EHR system. The Meaningful Use
requirements for Stage 1 Year 2 include:
- Meaningful use of the EHR certified software for 90 consecutive days within a 12 month period
- 15 core objectives
- Choose 5 of 10 objectives from a menu set
- 6 Clinical Quality Measures (3 core or alternative core and 3 out of 38 from menu set)
Stage I Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use Requirements
What is “Meaningful Use?”
- The use of certified EHR in a meaningful manner (e.g. ePrescribing)
- The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of
health information to improve quality of care
- Use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality measures (CQM) and other such measures selected
by the Secretary of Health and Human Services
For more in-depth information, view this
power point slide presentation
about the EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use Stage 1 Requirements.
Stage 2 Meaningful Use Criteria
The ONC released the final rules for Stage 2 meaningful use on August 23, 2012 which step up interoperability. The rules take effect in 2014 and are designed to increase the requirements of use of EHRs among providers. Learn more about Stage 2 criteria on the CMS website.
Henry Schein will continue to monitor any changes necessary to continue to offer a certified EHR. The criteria for an eligible professional to receive EHR incentive payments change as the EHR Incentive Program progresses.
Certified EHR Technology
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs require the use of certified EHR technology. Standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology have been adopted by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. You can find a list of Certified EHR Technology on the
Certified Health IT Product List. Dentrix Meaningful Use Access has met the criteria established, and has been certified by CCHIT.
For more information about Certified EHR Technology, visit the
Definition of Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade:
For Medicaid, the eligible provider must Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade (AIU) certified EHR software. As posted on the CMS website, for AIU, a provider does not have
to have installed certified EHR technology. The definition of AIU in 42 CFR 495.302
allows the provider to demonstrate AIU through any of the following:
- Acquiring, purchasing or securing access to certified EHR technology
- Installing or commencing utilization of certified EHR technology capable of meeting
meaningful use requirements
- Expanding the available functionality of certified EHR technology capable of meeting
meaningful use requirements at the practice site, including staffing, maintenance,
and training, or upgrade from existing EHR technology to certified EHR technology
per the ONC EHR certification criteria.
Thus, a signed contract indicating that the provider has adopted or upgraded would
Adopting Dentrix Meaningful Use Access to Qualify under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
If you're an eligible professional, Dentrix Meaningful Use Access may help you qualify as a meaningful user of certified electronic health records. Remember that the individual state where you are licensed has its own process and oversight.
Here's how to apply:
- Make sure you're eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
View eligibility guidelines at the
- Login to the
- Register for the Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs through CMS.*
- To obtain your Certification ID number when filling out your incentive form, go
to the CMS website
- Click the Ambulatory Practice button at the bottom
- Search for Dentrix
- Click "Add to Cart"
- Click "Get CMS EHR Certification ID" (button is within box)
- Apply with your state Medicaid governing organization.
Choose your state here.
- Attest for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program through your individual state. Please
note—you will not attest for the Medicaid Incentive Program through the CMS
*A Registration User Guide can be found at