Physicians participating in the Medicare or Medicaid meaningful use incentive programs will have to meet increasingly more difficult criteria in 2014 when Stage 2 begins. The new requirements will apply to physicians who started the meaningful use program in either 2011 or 2012. Those who began in 2013 won't move to Stage 2 until 2015.
There are some significant changes for Stage 2 meaningful use, thus TMA offers a two-page snapshot of the criteria physicians should review as they prepare.
As a reminder, all participants must upgrade their electronic health records (EHRs) to a Stage 2 certified version regardless of which meaningful use stage the practice is in. Because of the mandatory EHR upgrade, all meaningful use participants, regardless of participation year, are allowed a 90-day reporting period in 2014, as opposed to the full year reporting period previously required in years 2 through 5.
TMA recognizes the complexities of the program and has developed numerous resources to help you and your staff. Check out TMA's Tech Tuesday webinar series developed to help you with HIT challenges. Federally funded health information technology regional extension centers around the state will provide in-office consulting for your practice.
For more information about the electronic health record incentive program or other health information technology issues, contact TMA's HIT Department by telephone at (800) 880-5720 or by email.
Action, July 1, 2013