Stage 1 of Meaningful Use was the first of a series of three stages established by the EHR Incentive program that aim to help providers increase EHR adoption and improve the quality of care. Stage one was geared towards basic data capturing and sharing.
Changes to Stage 1 in 2015
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.
As part of these changes, 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.
Previously, Stage 1 requirement consisted of 13 Core measures and 9 Menu measures. Starting in 2015, every provider will complete and attest to 10 objectives, with one or several measures per objective. There is no longer a concept of “core” or “menu” measures.
Additionally, all providers will attest for a 90 day reporting period in 2015.
Modified Stage 2 Objectives
10. Public Health
Modified Stage 2 Requirements and Exclusions
Providers in Modified Stage 2 for 2015 may be excluded from certain objectives or may attest to an modified objective if there was no equivalent for that objective in Stage 1. Please select the links above for specific exclusions and detailed information on how to meet each objective.
Clinical Quality Measure Requirements
In 2015, providers in all stages are required to report 9 CQMs across 3 NQS domains for Meaningful Use. Learn more about the CQM reporting requirements.
For more information about the EHR Incentive Program, you can visit Practice Fusion's Meaningful Use Center.