What is Meaningful Use?
Meaningful Use is a Medicaid program that awards incentives for using certified electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient care. To achieve Meaningful Use, providers must follow a set of criteria that serve as a roadmap for effectively using an EHR.
Meaningful Use is implemented in a phased approach over a series of 3 stages.
Promotes basic EHR adoption and data gathering
Emphasizes care coordination and exchange of patient information
Improves healthcare outcomes
CMS requires attesting providers to use a 2014 Certified EHR. Practice Fusion EHR Version 3.6 has continuously met CMS criteria and has been certified as a 2014 Meaningful Use Complete EHR. Practice Fusion’s EHR Version 3.6 utilizes Updox Direct 2014 for direct messaging. Learn more
If you care for Medicaid patients, you may qualify for the Meaningful Use program.
Meaningful Use encourages you to switch from paper charts to electronic records while giving the best care to your patients. It can improve your practice’s efficiency and may earn you incentives. Be sure to get started with the #1 EHR for Meaningful Use today.
CMS updates to the MU requirements in 2015 simplified the reporting requirements to 10 objectives, with one or several measures per objective
Meaningful Use requires you to report on a set of clinical quality measures (CQMs), which enable providers to track various aspects of patient care.
What is the reporting timeline?
During your first year of meeting Meaningful Use, you have to fulfill the criteria over a 90-day reporting period. After that, you have to demonstrate the criteria for a full calendar year.
If you’re participating in the Medicaid program, you can Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade (AIU) a certified EHR or demonstrate meaningful use of one in your first year to earn incentives. You would follow the reporting timeline starting next year.
What are the incentives and penalties?
Medicare EHR Incentive Program
Please note: Starting January 1, 2017, the Medicare EHR Incentive Program was replaced by CMS’s Quality Payment Program. For more information about participation in the Quality Payment Program, please visit Practice Fusion’s Quality Payment Program Center.
Medicare incentive payments are equal to 75% of your annual Medicare Part B allowed charges up to a maximum yearly amount (see chart below).
Beginning in 2015, providers who are eligible for the Medicare Meaningful Use program who don’t successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use will be penalized—starting at 1% of Medicare Part B reimbursements and increasing each year to a maximum of 5%. There will be hardship exceptions for eligible providers.
Meaningful Use payment adjustments are based on achieving Meaningful Use two years before the adjustment year—so providers starting in 2013 avoid a penalty in 2015.