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
You will complete each Stage for at least 2 years before moving onto the next. Learn more »
We are pleased to announce that Practice Fusion EHR Version 3.0 has been certified as a 2014 Meaningful Use Complete EHR. Practice Fusion’s EHR Version 3.0 utilizes Updox Direct 2014 for direct messaging. Learn more »
If you care for Medicare or 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 improves your practice’s efficiency, and will earn you incentives. To avoid Meaningful Use Medicare penalties, you need to start Meaningful Use no later than 2014.
To demonstrate Meaningful Use with your EHR, you must report on all of the program’s core measures and some of the menu measures.
Meaningful Use requires you to report on a set of clinical quality measures (CQMs), which enable providers to track various aspects of patient care.
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.
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.
If you see Medicaid patients, you can earn up to $63,750 in incentive payments over the six years that you choose to participate in the program (see chart below). If you start in 2015, you can earn incentives through 2020. Please consult your state’s agency for information about a specific payment schedule.
The extended hardship exception deadline for 2016 was July 3, 2015. No more Hardship Exception applications are being accepted to avoid the 2016 Medicare Payment Adjustment. More information about hardship exception applications for the for the 2017 payment adjustment will be available soon. Learn more about hardship exceptions »