Practice Fusion's updated Meaningful Use Dashboard is designed to help you track your progress toward meeting Meaningful Use objectives and assist with attestation. For more information on Meaningful Use, please visit the Meaningful Use Center.
Click the link below to view the related section:Clinical Quality Measures
You can access the Meaningful Use dashboard within the Reports section of the EHR.
The first time you access the Dashboard, you will need to set up your dashboard. Select the attesting provider and your attestation year.
Next, select the gear icon to set up your attestation details:
Whether you plan to attest
Meaningful Use start year
Program (Medicare or Medicaid)
You can adjust your reporting period start date by clicking on the calendar icon to the right of the Reporting Period field. Once you change the start date, you will have to wait until the dashboard refreshes during the next day. You are always able to switch back and forth between dates as you like.
- 2015 attestation year - All providers can choose any start date from January 1 - October 3.
- 2016 attestation year - All providers participating in Meaningful Use will be in Stage 2 and will be required to complete a 90 day reporting period. Within the Practice Fusion Meaningful Use Dashboard, you have the flexibility to choose between a 90 day or full year reporting period. You may contact CMS or your state program to clarify which reporting period applies to you.
Once you have selected your attestation details, click Update.
Depending on the stage and reporting period duration selected, the dashboard will display:
Your reporting period end date
Your recommended attestation deadline
The status of your 10 Objectives and Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)
The CMS Certification ID and EHR Version Number
The last date the data was updated through
If at any time you’d like to view your progress for a previously selected reporting period, click the Gear icon and select Load a previous reporting period. Select one of your previous reporting periods to immediately view your calculations for that time frame.
Any user in your practice has the ability to view a provider’s Meaningful Use dashboard. Administers or users with a MD/Phys edit level may edit all fields on the dashboard, including selecting exclusions or marking a measure as complete. MD/Phys edit level providers who are not administrators can fully adjust only their own dashboards. Non-administrators may not mark a measure as complete, but can adjust the settings and reporting period within the dashboard header.
The Meaningful Use dashboard values update daily after 9PM ET/6PM PT for the previous day.
Patients are defined as “seen during the EHR reporting period” when they have an encounter with a date of service that is during your EHR reporting period with any of the following encounter types: Office Visit, Home Visit, Telemedicine Visit, or Nursing Home Visit.
Only finalized and signed encounters will be counted for the purposes of these objectives, so sign your encounters promptly to see accurate progress for each objective.
For each objective measure based on a finalized and signed encounter, only the provider who signs the encounter will get denominator credit.
The dashboard displays the ten objectives a provider needs to meet during the designated reporting period. To the right of the Objectives header, you can review your overall status.
Any specific objective marked with a green checkmark means the provider is currently meeting this requirement. An orange exclamation point shows that the provider is below the required goal. To understand your progress, compare the Goal column, which shows what’s the minimum requirement, to the Current column. The Current column contains either the percentage of completion or a checkbox to mark that you are meeting the objective.
Criteria completed outside of the EHR (e.g. Objective 1: Protect Patient Health Information) are not calculated by the dashboard. To note this on your dashboard, check the Complete button under the Current column to log that the objective measures are complete. You must also maintain supporting documentation of these actions for your records.
- If you believe an objective or specific measure does not apply to your scope of practice, you may be eligible for an exclusion. To note an exclusion on your dashboard, switch the toggle from None to Claimed under the Exclusion column and select the reason for exclusion. You must also maintain supporting documentation of the exclusion for your records in case of an audit. For more information, see What are exclusions for Meaningful Use?
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Meaningful Use applies to all patients you see, regardless of their insurance.
Select the appropriate year, stage and reporting period duration in the Meaningful Use dashboard to ensure you are in an active reporting period.
For more information on how the dashboard functions and how each objective measure is calculated, please see our related resources. Please note that these articles apply to the most current attestation year.
- 2015 Meaningful Use Dashboard Guide
- 2016 Meaningful Use Dashboard Guide
Use the Gap Report to see which patients need to be updated on specific objective measures.
If you feel your numbers aren’t accurate in the dashboard, make sure you have finalized and signed all of your encounters for visits during the reporting period.
The Meaningful Use Gap Report identifies patients who are missing clinical data to achieve Meaningful Use and improve patient care. Under the Current column, the dashboard will display your numerator and denominator. Click on the hyperlinked calculation to see a list of the patients who are not yet receiving numerator credit for the objective measure. Clicking on the patient’s name will automatically open their chart.
To print your Meaningful Use dashboard, click Actions in the upper-right corner and select Print current report.
Make sure you complete the criteria during your reporting period, not after.
If you believe a specific measure does not apply to your scope of practice, you may be eligible for an exclusion.
For more information on how to meet a measure, click on the name of the measure to be taken to a more detailed Knowledge Base article.
You can click on each measure to be taken to a more detailed Knowledge Base article on how the measure is calculated. Additionally, for information on the measure specifications, including detailed lists of the codes that can be used to meet each of the measures, visit the United States Health Information Knowledgebase CQM website and select the CQM you would like to learn more about. You can choose to select one or more measures and then export the “value set” or coding information for that measure in an excel file, CSV, or PDF. Make sure you select the correct CMS measure number and choose the July 2015 EP Release Package.
How many CQMs do I need to attest to?
You must attest to 9 CQMs that cover at least three of six NQS domains. The CQM Report organizes the CQM’s by NQS domains:
Patient and Family Engagement
Population and Public Health
Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources
How do I use the Gap Report for CQMs?
You can utilize the Patient Report to determine which patients are being included in each CQM calculation. Click on the numerator/denominator value of a particular measure (i.e. 4/10) to see a complete list of which patients are receiving numerator and denominator credit, and which patients are only in the denominator. Click on the patient’s name to automatically open their chart.
How do I note which CQMs I am attesting to?
To select which CQMs you are attesting to, toggle the Not Attesting button to Attesting under the Attested column.
How to I check my overall progress on my CQMs?
At the top of your dashboard, the Meaningful Use: Clinical Quality Measures box will tell you how many and which domains you are currently covering. Additionally, it will display how many CQMs you currently have selected for attestation.
For information on CQMs, visit How does the PQRS Clinical Quality Measures dashboard work?