If you’re concerned about meaningful use (MU) and how you’re going to achieve the objectives in Stage 1 and/or Stage 2, you’re not alone. If you’re a little unsure about the timing of it all, there is plenty of time to get going. And – if you’ve already attested for Stage 1, then you’re right on track for Stage 2.
As a reminder, or introduction for those who aren’t as familiar with the topic, MU is defined as positively affecting patient care through the use of certified EHRs. There are currently three stages of meaningful use (with future stages still in planning/definition):
- Stage 1 started in 2011
- Stage 2 begins in 2014
- Stage 3 begins in 2017
Each stage of MU has required objectives and a menu of “optional” objectives from which to choose. Stage 2 for example has a total of 20 objectives that must be met by eligible providers. This includes 17 core objectives and 3 menu objectives to choose from a list of 6. To receive Federal incentive funds, you must successfully attest.
The most frequent question we’re hearing now is, “What is the timing to attest?” You don’t have to start in January. If you decide that later in the year is better for you and your practice, you can do that as well. There are also some timing requirement differences between Medicaid and Medicare that you should be aware of:
- Medicare: 3-month requirement starting January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1.
- Medicaid: any uninterrupted 90-day period
Eyefinity is ready to help you with your MU planning and requirements as well as all aspects of managing your practice. Learn more here.
(Note: CMS has extended Stage 2 MU attesting through 2016. We’ll update information as we have more specifics.)