Stage 2 of Meaningful Use is designed to help providers continue to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care. There is an emphasis on care coordination and exchange of patient information among practice settings.
Meaningful Use program requirements have changed in Stage 2. Learn about the changes, which include new core requirements, increased focus on patient engagement and transfers of care, and more. Get familiar with Practice Fusion's extensive resources to help you achieve Stage 2.
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2015 Reporting Requirements
After ongoing feedback from medical providers, professional medical associations, and Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released changes to the Meaningful Use program on October 6, 2015. The intended aim of this Final Rule is to reduce the complexity of the EHR Incentive Program and address the many challenges that prevented providers from meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Visit our blog to learn more about how these changes will affect your practice.
As part of these changes, all providers will be in Stage 2 and will attest for a 90-day reporting period in 2015.
What are the Stage 2 objectives?
Prior to 2015, providers who were participating in Stage 2 had to attest to 17 core measures and 3 menu measures. In 2015, every provider will complete and attest to 10 objectives, with one or several measures per objective, and nine clinical quality measures (CQMs) to successfully demonstrate meaningful use. There is no longer a concept of “core” or “menu” measures. Exclusions apply for some measures that may be outside the scope of your practice.
Please click on the links below to learn more about each measure.
Objective 5: Health Information Exchange (previously Summary of Care)
Clinical Quality Measures
In addition to the core and menu measures, providers must also report nine CQMs aligned with three of the following National Quality Strategy domains:
- Patient and family engagement
- Patient safety
- Care coordination
- Population and public health
- Efficient use of healthcare resources
- Clinical processes/effectiveness
Medicare providers participating in Stage 2 of the program must submit CQMs electronically to CMS or report the CQMs manually during attestation. For more information about the CQM requirement for Meaningful Use, see the CMS resources.
What is Modified Stage 2?
Starting 2015, CMS has removed Stage 1 from the program in order to simplify the requirements by placing everyone into the same Stage. However, any providers who were scheduled to be in Stage 1 for 2015 will now be placed in “Modified Stage 2,” which only requires them to meet Stage 1 requirements. For more information, please see: What are the Modified Stage 2 requirements?