Check Your EHR Certification Compliance for Meaningful Use, MACRA

It's important to make sure your systems are compliant with the electronic health record (EHR) certification requirements for the meaningful use program and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Certification ensures the EHR system has all the necessary capabilities, functionalities, and security required so physicians can successfully attest to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) programs. Physicians must use at least a 2014-certified EHR to meet the meaningful use requirements for the 2017 program year. In 2018, physicians must have an EHR that meets the 2015 certification requirements for MACRA. 

For the MACRA program, the advancing care information (ACI) category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) replaces the current meaningful use program. Contact your EHR vendor to inquire about its MIPS readiness plan and how the vendor can help you achieve success in MIPS.  

  • To meet the requirements of the ACI category, you must have an EHR system. If you do not currently use an EHR, you will have to select, purchase, and implement one. Be sure the product you select is certified. TMA has numerous resources to help you with selection.
  • If you currently use an EHR, check with your EHR vendor to ensure the product you use will be appropriately upgraded as program requirements change. As vendors upgrade, the product must be certified. The next upgrade will be to the 2015 certification criteria, which is optional in 2017 and required in 2018. View the list of certified products here.  

Here are some things to consider when speaking to your EHR vendor: 

  • If you do not see your EHR vendor listed with the correct certification year, ask your vendor about its timeline so you can adequately prepare and perform testing before going live with the upgraded product.
  • Is there a cost associated with the upgrade?
  • Will any new training be required? 

You can direct questions related to EHRs and other office technologies to TMA's Health Information Technology Department by phone at (800) 880-5720 or by email

Action, Nov. 1, 2016

Last Updated On

April 19, 2018