Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Beginning in 2014, providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs who have met Meaningful Use Stage 1 for two or three years will need to meet Stage 2 criteria. To allow providers time to adopt 2014 certified EHR technology and prepare for Stage 2, all participants will have a three-month reporting period in 2014.

Stage 2 includes new objectives to improve patient care through better clinical decision support, care coordination and patient engagement. The result is a complex set of Stage 2 requirements. Some objectives build off of Stage 1; several have morphed into multi-variant and/or multiple-measurement strategies; and there are several new objectives / measures with which to contend.

Stage 2 Meaningful Use maintains the Core and Menu structure and outlines (17 core objectives and three of five menu objectives) that eligible professionals (EP’s) must meet or qualify for exclusion to.  Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements include rigorous expectations for health information exchange and a more demanding e-prescribing method.  Stage 2 also calls for incorporation of structured laboratory results and transmission of patient care summaries across unaffiliated providers, settings, and EHR systems. Additionally, CMS will require the electronic reporting of nine Clinical Quality Measures by those providers who have previously attested. Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria encourages the use of health IT for continuous quality improvement at the point of care, exchange of information in structured format, and patient engagement.

Stage 2 Meaningful Use Consulting Services

The path to a successful Stage 2 Attestation will essentially mirror that of Stage 1.  Our proven process of implementing Meaningful Use criteria involves the following steps:

Assessment & Verification

  • Assess Practice’s Standing With Stage 1 Requirements
  • Assess Knowledge Base Regarding Stage 2 Meaningful Use Criteria
  • Assess Practices Readiness for Meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use
  • Verify Each Eligible Professional is Registered for Incentive Program
  • Verify EHR Technology is Certified

Education

  • Educate Practice on Stage 2 Requirements
  • Ensure Practice Demonstrates Proficiency in Stage 2 Requirements

Action Plan

  • Conduct Stage 2 Meaningful Use Gap Analysis
  • Meaningful Use Action Plan & Workflow Redesign
  • Test Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Capabilities
  • Assist Practice In Meeting Required Meaningful Use Measures
  • Monitor Rates Every 90 Days During Reporting Period
  • Develop & Deliver Project Closure Report
  • Assist Practice in Actual Attestation

 


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