All electronic health record (EHR) users must upgrade their systems before attesting to meaningful use under Medicare for the 2014 payment year. It does not matter whether they attest to Stage 1 or Stage 2 of meaningful use.
Regardless of the stage of meaningful use they are trying to meet, they must use a Stage 2-certified product in 2014.
Some EHR vendors already have released Stage 2-certified versions of their product. You can check the certified health product list (CHPL) to see if your vendor has upgraded. Certification ensures the product has all the necessary capabilities, functionalities, and security required so that physicians can successfully attest to meaningful use.
During attestation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires you to give CMS an EHR Certification ID for the EHR technology you use to demonstrate meaningful use. EHR products that do not meet all of the CMS-required criteria to demonstrate meaningful use will not have a CMS EHR Certification ID. To get the certification ID for your product, view the instructions about using the CHPL website.
If you need assistance with the EHR incentive program, turn to one of four Texas regional extension centers (RECs). The RECs are qualified to help physicians navigate the complexities of the program. Check out TMA's REC Resource Center to find out which REC serves your area.
View a list of upcoming state and federal health information technology (HIT) compliance deadlines and related resources on TMA's Deadlines for Doctors.
For more information about EHRs or HIT issues, contact TMA's HIT Department at (800) 880-5720 or by email.
Action, Sept. 17, 2013