Meaningful Use changed for all providers beginning on January 1st 2014

  • Beginning in 2014, all providers that attest in 2014 and 2015 must use technology that has been certified for 2014. If you attest in 2014 you cannot use a 2011 certified EHR.
  • Starting in 2014, providers who have met Stage 1 for two or three years need to meet meaningful use Stage 2 criteria with 2014 certified technology.
  • Starting in 2014, providers who have met Stage 1 for less than two years need to meet meaningful use Stage 1 criteria, but they must use technology certified for 2014

 

Understand the reporting periods for 2014 and 2015

  • To allow providers time to adopt 2014 certified EHR technology and prepare for Stage 2, all participants will have a three-month reporting period in 2014.  Eligible Providers choose a reporting period in sync with a calendar quarter: Jan 1 to March 31, April 1 to June 30, July 1 to Sept. 30, or Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.
  • First-time participants complete any 90 days.  Participants are encouraged to begin Meaningful Use no later than July 1, 2014 and attest by October 1, 2014 to avoid a 1% payment adjustment of Medicare payments in 2015.
  • In 2015 all providers except first time participants in 2015 will need to report for a full year

 

Meaningful Use Changes from Stage 1 to Stage 2 (click on links for details)

 

Now patients must participate in order for the Eligible Provider to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2:

  • More than 5% of patients must send secure messages to their Eligible Provider
  • More than 5% of patients must access their health information online (via a patient portal)
  • RAPID certified EHR will include a Meaningful Use certified Patient Portal that facilitates compliance with the Patient Engagement measures.

 

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Emphasizes Electronic Exchange of Patient Records

  • Stage 2 requires that a provider send a summary of care record for more than 50% of transitions of care and referrals.
  • The rule also requires that a provider electronically transmit a summary of care for more than 10% of transitions of care and referrals via the Direct Project Secure email protocol
  • RAPID certified EHR will include functionality to support these requirements.

 

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