How does the Meaningful Use Dashboard work?

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.


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How do I access and set up my Meaningful Use (MU) dashboard values?

Who can edit the dashboard settings?

How does the dashboard update?

How can I determine the status of each objective and my overall status?

How do I document exclusions or measures that are completed outside of Practice Fusion?

How do I start completing criteria?
What do I do if I have not met all the criteria?

How do I use the Gap Report?

How do I print my Meaningful Use dashboard?

Other Tips

Clinical Quality Measures

How do I access and set up my Meaningful Use (MU) dashboard values?

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)

  • Attestation Stage

  • Reporting Period


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.


Who can edit the dashboard settings?

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.


How does the dashboard update?

  • 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.


How can I determine the status of each objective and my overall progress?

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.


How do I document exclusions or measures that are completed outside of Practice Fusion?

  • 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?


How do I start completing criteria?

  • Start charting patient visits and chart notes using Practice Fusion.

  • 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.


What do I do if I have not met all the criteria?

  • 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.


How do I use the Gap Report?

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.


How do I print my Meaningful Use dashboard?

To print your Meaningful Use dashboard, click Actions in the upper-right corner and select Print current report.



Other Tips

  • 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.


How do I know how the CQMs are calculated?

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

  • Patient Safety

  • Care Coordination

  • Population and Public Health

  • Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources

  • Clinical Processes/Effectiveness


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?

Meaningful Use & PQRS

  1. Where do I access the Meaningful Use dashboard and PQRS Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) report?
  2. How does the Meaningful Use Dashboard work?
  3. How do I attest for Meaningful Use?
  4. What are the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements?
  5. What are the exclusions for Meaningful Use?
  6. How can I report CQMs for PQRS?
  7. What patients are counted for Meaningful Use?
  8. How do the components of a chart note relate to Meaningful Use?
  9. How do I export a patient record (clinical document)?
  10. How do I print the Meaningful Use Dashboard?
  11. How do I minimize or refresh CDS notifications?
  12. How can I send a referral using Direct Messaging?
  13. CQM: Cervical Cancer Screening (CMS 124v4/NQF 0032)
  14. CQM: Pneumonia Vaccination Status for Older Adults (CMS 127v4/NQF 0043)
  15. CQM: Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization (CMS 147v5/NQF 0041)
  16. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 8: Patient Electronic Access
  17. CQM: Diabetes: Foot Exam (CMS123v4/ NQF 0056)
  18. How does patient portal access and auto-invite relate to Meaningful Use?
  19. CQM: Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report (CMS50v4/NQF N/A)
  20. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 9: Secure Electronic Messaging
  21. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 2: Clinical Decision Support
  22. CQM: Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly (CMS156v4/ NQF 0022)
  23. What constitutes a "unique" patient?
  24. Meaningful Use attestation for previous years
  25. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 3: CPOE for Medication, Lab, and Radiology Orders
  26. CQM: Diabetes: Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Management (CMS 163v3/ NQF 0064)
  27. CQM: Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control (CMS122v4/NQF 0059)
  28. CQM: Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD): Complete Lipid Panel and LDL Control (CMS 182v4/NQF 0075)
  29. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health - Specialized Registry Reporting
  30. CQM: Dementia: Cognitive Assessment (CMS 149v4)
  31. How do Meaningful Use penalties work?
  32. CQM: Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain (CMS166v5 / NQF 0052)
  33. CQM: Falls: Screening for Future Fall Risk (CMS 139v4/NQF 0101)
  34. CQM: Heart Failure (HF): Beta-Blocker Therapy for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD) (CMS 144v4/NQF 0083)
  35. How do I apply for a Meaningful Use Hardship Exception?
  36. CQM: Use of Appropriate Medications for Asthma (CMS 126v3/ NQF0036)
  37. CQM: Colorectal Cancer Screening (CMS130v4/ NQF 0034)
  38. CQM: Chlamydia Screening for Women (CMS 153v4/NQF 0033)
  39. CQM: Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents (CMS 155v4/NQF 0024)
  40. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 7: Medication Reconciliation
  41. CQM: Breast Cancer Screening (CMS 125v4/NQF N/A)
  42. CQM: Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for High Blood Pressure and Follow-Up Documented (CMS22v4, NQF: N/A)
  43. CQM: Diabetes: Eye Exam (CMS131v4 / NQF 0055)
  44. CQM: Functional Status Assessment for Complex Chronic Conditions (CMS90v5/ NQF N/A)
  45. CQM: Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention (CMS138v3 / NQF 0028)
  46. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 5: Health Information Exchange
  47. CQM: Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-Up Plan (CMS2v5 / NQF 0418)
  48. CQM: Controlling High Blood Pressure (CMS165v4 / NQF 0018)
  49. CQM: Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up (CMS69v4 / NQF 0421)
  50. CQM: Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical Record (CMS68v5 / NQF 0419)
  51. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 1: Protect Electronic Health Information
  52. What is Practice Fusion's certification number (ID)?
  53. CQM: Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD): Use of Aspirin or Another Antithrombotic (CMS 164v4/NQF 0068)
  54. How do I register for the Medicaid Meaningful Use Program?
  55. Can I change, modify, or cancel my attestation?
  56. How do I choose my reporting period duration for Medicaid Meaningful Use?
  57. How do I calculate percentages for Meaningful Use with multiple EHRs?
  58. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 4: Electronic Prescribing (eRx)
  59. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health - Immunization Registry Data Submission
  60. Is Practice Fusion certified as a 2014 Meaningful Use Complete EHR?
  61. Patient records maintained in the EHR for Meaningful Use attestation
  62. How do I get my AIU letter from Practice Fusion?
  63. How do I report Clinical Quality Measures for Meaningful Use?
  64. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 6: Patient-Specific Education
  65. Do I have to meet all of the measures to achieve Meaningful Use?
  66. Can I switch between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?
  67. Are there patient education materials available in Spanish?
  68. How do I select or change my reporting period start date?
  69. When do I need to sign chart notes for Meaningful Use? Can I sign a chart after the reporting period?
  70. How do I contact CMS about the EHR Incentive Program?
  71. What is QCDR?
  72. How much are the Meaningful Use incentives?
  73. How do I qualify for Meaningful Use if I see patients in multiple locations?
  74. How many exclusions can each provider claim for meaningful use?
  75. What is Meaningful Use?
  76. Can I use multiple EHR's to qualify for Meaningful Use?
  77. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health - Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission
  78. How does the PQRS Clinical Quality Measures dashboard work?
  79. Does Practice Fusion support Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)?
  80. Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health Reporting
  81. What stage of Medicaid Meaningful Use am I in?
  82. How do I prepare for the PQRS Penalty Informal Review?
  83. How do I prepare for a Meaningful Use audit?
  84. What is Data Portability?

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