Stage 2 Revision

This page will walk the user through the basics of the Stage 2 Revision of Meaningful Use for 2015, the primary Medicare reimbursement program prior to 2017. For more information on the Medicare reimbursement program for 2017 and onward, see MIPS.

2015 Revision Basic Information

The below information from our Meaningful Use webinar will explain the basics of the Stage 2 revision. These slides, as well as the detailed information about them, can be viewed in its entirety in the Meaningful Use webinar at the bottom of this page.

Changes:

  • On October 7th, CMS released the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Program Final Rules for CY 2015.
  • These changes were made to continue to try and bring all the governmental reporting programs in line with one another.

Objectives:

  • All EP’s, whether Stage 1 or Stage 2 are now required to attest to a single set of objectives and measures (no more core and menu objectives).
  • There are 10 objectives, including one public health measure.

Reporting Period:

  • In 2015 only, the EHR reporting period for all providers will be any continuous 90-day period.
  • EPs may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90 day period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Attestation:

  • For an EHR reporting period in 2015, all Medicare providers must attest by February 29, 2016.
  • Despite the change to a 90-day EHR reporting period in 2015, providers will not be able to attest to meaningful use for an EHR reporting period in 2015 prior to January 4, 2016.
  • In CY 2015, the EHR reporting period for a payment adjustment year for EPs who have not successfully demonstrated meaningful use in a prior year (new participants) is any continuous 90-day period in calendar year (CY) 2015. New participants who successfully demonstrate meaningful use for this period and satisfy all other program requirements will avoid the payment adjustments in CYs 2016 and 2017 if the EP successfully attests by February 29, 2016.
  • In CY 2015, the EHR reporting period for a payment adjustment year for EPs who have successfully demonstrated meaningful use in a prior year (returning participants) is any continuous 90-day period in CY 2015. Returning participants who successfully demonstrate meaningful use for this period and satisfy all other program requirements will avoid the payment adjustment in CY 2017 if the EP successfully attests by February 29, 2016.

Revised Measures

  1. Protect Patient Health Information
  2. Clinical Decision Support
  3. Computer Provider Order Entry
  4. Electronic Prescribing
  5. Health Information Exchange
  6. Patient Specific Education
  7. Medication Reconciliation
  8. Patient Electronic Access
  9. Secure Messaging
  10. Public Health Reporting

Please refer to the webinar below for information regarding the Meaningful Use changes:

Please click here for the frequently asked Meaningful Use Stage 2 Revision questions.

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