Eligible Hospitals — Attestation
Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (AIU)
Eligible Hospitals participating in their first year do not have to attest to Meaningful Use; rather, they may demonstrate that they have Adopted, Implemented or Upgraded certified EHR Technology.
For more information on Certified EHR Technology, please refer to the Certified Health IT Product List (exit DHS).
In order for an Eligible Hospital to receive payment in the second year of participation, they will have to attest to Meaningful Use of Certified EHR technology for a continuous 90-day period. In subsequent years, the Meaningful Use reporting period is the entire program year.
The criteria for Meaningful Use will be staged in three steps over the course of the next five years:
Stage 1 Meaningful Use
In Stage 1, Meaningful Use includes both a core set and a menu set of objectives that are specific to Eligible Hospitals. To qualify for an incentive payment, Eligible Hospitals must meet 19 of the 24 Meaningful Use objectives identified by CMS:
For more information on the Eligible Hospital Meaningful Use Measures review the Stage 1 EHR Meaningful Use Specification Sheets for Eligible Hospitals (exit DHS).
Meaningful Use – Stage 2
For Stage 2 Meaningful Use, there are a total of 22 Meaningful Use objectives for Eligible Hospitals. Eligible Hospitals must meet 19 of the 22 Meaningful Use objective identified by CMS:
For more information on Stage 2 requirements, please refer to the Stage 2 Page (exit DHS) on the CMS Website.
Clinical Quality Measures
In addition to meeting the core and menu objectives, Eligible Hospitals and CAHs are also required to report clinical quality measures in order to successfully participate in the program.
Reporting in 2013
Reporting in 2014
Beginning in 2014, all Hospitals, regardless of whether they are in the Stage 1 or Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, will be required to report on 16 of 29 CQMs finalized in 2014 in the Stage 2 rule. CMS has provided information on how to begin the transition for reporting in 2014.
Last Revised: March 14, 2013