How do I attest for Meaningful Use?

You can attest to Meaningful Use for the Medicaid program with your state Medicaid agency after your reporting period has ended and you have achieved all the criteria.

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Medicaid providers should check with their state Medicaid agency for deadline information.

Important Attestation Preparation Information

It’s your responsibility to maintain paper or electronic documentation that fully supports the data submitted during attestation for at least six years to ensure you’re prepared for a potential audit.

1) Confirm your reporting period start and end dates in your Meaningful Use Dashboard.

2) Confirm that you have achieved Meaningful Use by successfully achieving the required number of measures:

  • Stage 2: 10 Objectives

3) Confirm you have charted more than 80% of your patient records in certified EHR technology (CEHRT). This is a requirement to meet Meaningful Use.  

4) If you work in multiple locations with CEHRT, the attestation needs to combine numerators and denominators from all CEHRT.

5) You will need to address different denominator types for Meaningful Use. Some measures may be limited to patients whose records are maintained using CEHRT, while other measures must include all unique patients regardless of whether the patient’s records are maintained using CEHRT.

  • You will need to manually calculate patients who aren’t entered in Practice Fusion for measures based on all unique patients.

  • The Meaningful Use Dashboard values only include patients entered in Practice Fusion.

  • Review the CMS Attestation User Guide to see which individual measures may be limited to patients maintained using CEHRT

6) If you’re using Practice Fusion’s Meaningful Use Dashboard, make sure you’ve signed all encounters for your patients seen during the reporting period in order to see data from those visits reflected in your Meaningful Use Dashboard.

7) Note which measures for which you will claim an exclusion, if applicable. Claiming an exclusion for a specific measure qualifies as submission of that measure. Prepare any documentation needed to prove that you qualify for any exclusions claimed and save it in your records for at least six years.

For Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health, providers must attest to at least two of the three public health measures:

  • Immunization Registry Data Submission

  • Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission

  • Specialized Registry Reporting

If you have completed two public health measures:

  • Collect documentation that proves you have actively engaged with the local public health agency (e.g. email or written confirmation of the exchange with the PHA).

If you are in Stage 2 and cannot attest to at least two measures:

  • Prepare documentation for the measures you can complete. You must then prepare documentation proving that you are excluded from the remaining public health measures.

8) Save a signed and dated copy of your completed Security Risk Analysis, including any documentation that supports the activities that you completed as a result of the analysis, for at least six years.

9) Save screenshots of functionality enabled for the entire reporting period to serve as supporting documentation for the following measures in case of an audit: Drug Interaction Checks (Stage 2 Objective 2: Clinical Decision Support) and Drug Formulary Checks (Stage 2 Objective 4: e-Prescribing). You must keep this documentation for at least six years.

10) Take a screenshot or print out the Practice Fusion Meaningful Use Dashboard on the day you attest. You must keep this documentation for at least six years.

11) There may be instances where you choose to report values for objectives that differ from the values in the Meaningful Use Dashboard. Make sure you keep documentation for these objectives, including how you accounted for the values you’re reporting, for at least six years.

12) Take a screenshot or print out your eCQMs on the day you attest. You must keep this documentation for at least six years.

13) Under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule published by CMS on August 14, 2017, eligible professionals (EPs) are required to report on any six (6) quality measures applicable to their scope of practice. Please be aware that program requirements may vary by state. You should contact your state Medicaid administrator to confirm your state’s requirements for the 2017 reporting year.

  1. Data submitted for eCQMs must be reported directly from information generated by Practice Fusion’s eCQM Dashboard.
  2. Reporting a value of zero (0) for an eCQM will not prevent you from meeting the CQM requirement for Meaningful Use.
  3. Per the IPPS Final Rule published by CMS on August 14, 2017, you may select a CQM reporting period of any continuous 90-day period during the 2017 calendar year, regardless of your reporting method. 

Meaningful Use Dashboard for attestation

The Dashboard provides the information necessary to guide you through attestation, but is not directly reported to your state Medicaid agency.

Remember that any items completed outside of the EHR will not be tracked in the Dashboard. During attestation, you will populate the criteria numerators and denominators, indicate whether you qualify for exclusions to specific objectives (or individual objective measures) and legally attest that you have successfully demonstrated Meaningful Use.

Additional Resources

We recommend downloading additional attestation resources in our Meaningful Use Center.

Meaningful Use

  1. What is Meaningful Use?
  2. How does the Meaningful Use Dashboard work?
  3. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 1: Protect Patient Health Information
  4. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 2: Clinical Decision Support
  5. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 3: CPOE for Medication, Lab, and Radiology Orders
  6. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 4: Electronic Prescribing (eRx)
  7. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 5: Health Information Exchange
  8. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 6: Patient-Specific Education
  9. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 7: Medication Reconciliation
  10. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 8: Patient Electronic Access
  11. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 9: Secure Electronic Messaging
  12. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health Reporting
  13. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health - Immunization Registry Data Submission
  14. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health - Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission
  15. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health - Specialized Registry Reporting
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