Welcome to Health Gorilla’s Meaningful Use Stage 2 for Eligible Professionals Resource Center! This resource center is a complimentary online educational service covering the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs that provide incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who are meaningful users of certified EHR technology. Learn more from this CMS.gov MU2 Stage2_Guide_EPs_9_23_13 presentation. Learn more about our MU2 Compliance Certificate.
The Department of Health and Human Services published the Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rule in the Federal Register on Sept. 4, 2012.
Stage 2 Requirements for EPs
For EPs, Stage 2 has 17 mandatory core objectives/measures, and EPs must select three of six menu objectives, for a total of 20 objectives. In addition, for 2014 and beyond, EPs must report on nine of the 64 approved Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). In addition, beginning in 2014, all eligible providers beyond their first year of demonstrating meaningful use must electronically report their CQM data to CMS.
High Financial Stakes with Stage 2
For EPs who started as meaningful users in 2011, the maximum incentive payment amount at risk for Stage 2 totals $5,880 for 2014-2015. For EPs who started as meaningful users in 2012, the maximum incentive payment amount at risk for Stage 2 totals $11,760 for 2014-2015, while for EPs who started in 2013, the total incentive payment amount at risk is also $11,760, but for 2015-2016.
In addition, EPs who fail to meet the Stage 2 requirements run the risk of negative payment adjustments to their Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). For EPs who started as meaningful users in 2011 or 2012, failure to meet the Stage 2 requirements will result in a -2 percent PFS payment adjustment in 2016. For EPs who started as meaningful users in 2011, 2012 or 2013, failure to meet the Stage 2 requirements will result in a -3 percent PFS payment adjustment in 2017.
Thus, failure to meet the Stage 2 requirements will have serious adverse financial impacts, including missing out on significant incentive payments and being subject to negative PFS payment adjustments for years to come.
Reporting Period in 2014
Because all providers must upgrade or adopt newly certified EHRs in 2014, all providers regardless of their stage of meaningful use are required to demonstrate meaningful use for just a three-month (or 90-day) EHR reporting period in 2014. Medicare EPs beyond their first year of meaningful use must select a three-month reporting period fixed to the quarter of the calendar year for EPs. Providers must attest to these reporting periods no later than Feb. 28, 2015. Medicare EPs in their first year of meaningful use may select any 90-day reporting period.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Core Measure 1, CPOE for Medication, Laboratory and Radiology Orders, which is mandatory, requires that at least 60 percent of medication, 30 percent of laboratory and 30 percent of radiology orders are directly entered—i.e., sent electronically, not by phone or fax—from a computer or mobile device by a licensed healthcare professional.
How Health Gorilla Helps EPs Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 Core Measure 1
By using Health Gorilla, EPs are able directly enter/electronically send their laboratory and radiology orders. This free, easy-to-use service enables EPs to meet the part of Core Measure 1 that is often overlooked—the direct entry of at least 30 percent of laboratory and radiology orders, respectively.
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