Eligible Professionals — Attestation
Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (AIU)
Eligible Professionals 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.
In order for an Eligible Professional 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 calendar year.
The last year for an Eligible Professional to initiate participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is 2016. Calendar year 2021 is the last year a participant may receive incentive payments.
The criteria for Meaningful Use will be staged in three steps over the course of the next five years:
Stage 1 Meaningful Use
Stage 1 Meaningful Use includes both a core set and a menu set of objectives that are specific to Eligible Professionals. For Eligible Professionals there are a total of 25 Meaningful Use objectives. To qualify for an incentive payment, 20 of these 25 objectives must be met:
For more information on the Eligible Professional Meaningful Use Measures review the Eligible Professional Stage 1 EHR Meaningful Use Specification Sheets (exit DHS).
Stage 2 Meaningful Use
For Stage 2 Meaningful Use, there are a total of 23 Meaningful Use objectives for Eligible Professionals. To qualify for an incentive payment, 20 of the 23 objectives must be met:
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 Professionals are also required to report clinical quality measures in order to successfully participate in the program.
Reporting in 2013
Eligible Professionals must report on 6 total clinical quality measures: 3 required core measures (or 3 alternate core measures) and 3 additional measures - selected from a set of 44 clinical quality measures.
Reporting in 2014
Beginning in 2014, all Eligible Professionals, regardless of whether they are in the Stage 1 or Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, will be required to report on 9 of the 64 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