Stage 2 of Meaningful Use officially started in January of 2014, but don’t panic! The reporting period for 2014 is only 3 months, regardless of how long you’ve been participating in the program or which Stage you’re currently on.
Why is the reporting period only three months this year?
Even if you just started last year, and 2014 will be your second year at Stage 1, you still only have to do 3 months this year. Why? Because unless your EHR is certified for Stage 2, you can’t use it AT ALL. To meet Stage 2 OR Stage 1. So regardless of which stage you’re on at this point, you have to be using a 2014 Edition ONC-ACB Certified EHR, like PracticeStudio X16, to meet Meaningful Use. Period.
Unless your EHR is certified for Stage 2, you can’t use it AT ALL for Meaningful Use. To meet Stage 2 OR Stage 1.
Everyone participating in MU is going to have to change or update to a Stage 2 certified EHR this year, so the government is trying to give people a bit of time to get used to the new systems before they have to meet all of the objectives. The result? A three-month reporting period for 2014 instead of a full year. It’s not just any three months this time around, though: it’s a calendar quarter. So to meet Meaningful Use this year, you can choose one of the following remaining reporting periods:
- April 1 through June 30
- July 1 through September 30
- October 1 through December 31
CMS has a pretty handy wizard on their website that will help you figure out which Stage of MU you’ll be on each year, how long your reporting period will be, and the maximum amount of incentive payments you could qualify for (if any). Here’s the link, and you’ll click on the “EHR Participation Timeline”:
Stay tuned for more updates on Meaningful Use, the Stage 2 objectives, and Clinical Quality Measures…