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Meaningful Use Stage 2 Extension

TOPIC: Meaningful Use, Medicare

Is your organization prepared to meet the 2014 Meaningful Use requirements?  Effective January 2014, regardless of stage, eligible Hospitals and Providers may be able to report for meaningful use demonstration.  Meaningful Use, a set of standards established by the CMS Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, promotes the effective use of the EHRs that optimally enhances patient care.  Meaningful Use demonstration is phased into 3 stages, with only Stages 1 and 2 active. On December 6, 2013, CMS and ONC jointly released an extension of Stage 2 to end in 2016, which delays the start of Stage 3 to 2017.

For those who already completed Stage 1, Stage 2 focuses on the demonstration of advanced clinical processes with 17 core measures required such as use of HIEs, patient summaries, and lab integration across multiple care delivery systems. For organizations preparing for Stage 2 attestation, all eligible hospitals and providers will need to report for a 90-day period, in quarterly increments, during 2014 to qualify for financial incentives.

For more details, visit the CMS website.