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Practice Fusion · Jun 17, 2014

All the resources you need to get started with Meaningful Use

Starting your first year of Meaningful Use? July 1, 2014 is the last possible day to begin in order to finish your required 90-day reporting period before the October 1, 2014 attestation deadline.

Meaningful Use? Eligible providers? Reporting period?

If you’re unsure of what it means or how to begin, we have the Meaningful Use resources you need. 98% of our users are on track to fulfill Stage 1 requirements — and they all started where you are today.

(Note: If you’re looking for how to achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use, see our Guide to Stage 2).

How to start Meaningful Use right now

Although July 1 is just around the corner, you can still meet Meaningful Use this year. Watch our Meaningful Use 101 video to learn how:

Find out if you qualify for Meaningful Use
Check your eligibility » If you care for Medicare or Medicaid patients, you may qualify for the Meaningful Use program.

Create your Practice Fusion EHR
Sign up » It’s Meaningful Use certified, and there’s nothing to download.

Register for Meaningful Use with CMS
Register » Once you know you’re eligible to participate in Meaningful Use and you’ve signed up for your EHR, you should register for the program on the CMS website. You have until the day you attest to complete registration.

Track your progress
Access the Meaningful Use dashboard » Once you’ve started your Meaningful Use requirements, you can easily view your progress on your Meaningful Use dashboard.

Establish a participation timeline
View your EHR Participation timeline » 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.

Find out if you qualify for a hardship exemption
Learn more about hardship exemptions » You may be exempt from Medicare penalties if you can show that demonstrating Meaningful Use would result in a significant hardship. To be considered for an exemption, you must complete a Hardship Exemption application along with the proof of the hardship. If approved, the hardship exemption is valid for only one payment year, and you would need to submit a new application for subsequent years. Examples of hardship exemption circumstances include: lack of infrastructure, unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters, and lack of face-to-face patient interaction.

Reach out for more help
Visit our Meaningful Use Center or check out our step-by-step Meaningful Use tutorials. We’ve helped doctors earn over $150 million in incentives through Meaningful Use, and we want to help you, too.