Meaningful Use is being implemented in a phased approach over a series of 3 stages:
Stage 1: Promoted basic EHR adoption (Stage 1 was retired in 2015)
Stage 2: Focuses on advanced clinical processes, with emphasis on care coordination and exchange of patient information
Stage 3: Improved health outcomes (will be implemented in 2018)
How long do I complete each stage for?
In 2015, all providers were in Stage 2 and attested for a 90-day reporting period. CMS removed Stage 1 from the program in order to simplify the requirements by placing everyone into the same Stage. However, any providers who were previously in Stage 1 for 2015 were placed in a “Modified Stage 2” for the 2015 reporting year.
In 2016, all providers moved to Stage 2 and were required to complete a 90-day reporting period, regardless of their starting year.
In 2017, only Medicaid providers will continue participation in their state EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use), while Medicare providers will begin participation in one of the two Quality Payment Program tracks set forth by CMS under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Medicaid providers who continue with Meaningful Use in 2017 will be participating in Modified Stage 2 requirements.
What happens if I skip or fail a year of Meaningful Use?
If you attested to Meaningful Use for the first time in 2016 or if you have never successfully attested to Meaningful Use before, you are in Modified Stage 2 for 2017 and will be in Stage 3 for 2018.
For more information on your state’s requirements, please contact your state Medicaid office directly.