What is Meaningful Use?

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) offers Wyoming's eligible professionals and eligible hospitals the opportunity to qualify for incentive payments by demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology. To receive an EHR incentive payment, providers have to show that they are meaningfully using their EHRs by meeting thresholds for a number of objectives. The EHR Incentive Programs are phased in three stages with increasing requirements. Beginning in 2014, providers must attest to demonstrating meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a Medicare payment adjustment.

Requirements for 2015 Stage 1

Eligible professionals must meet:

·         13 required core objectives

·         5 menu objectives from a list of 9

·         Total of 18 objectives

Eligible hospitals and CAHs must meet:

·         11 required core objectives

·         5 menu objectives from a list of 10

·         Total of 16 objectives

2015 Reporting Periods

All providers, regardless of their stage, are only required to demonstrate meaningful use for a consecutive 90 day EHR reporting period. For Medicare providers, this 90 day reporting period is fixed to the quarter of either the fiscal (for eligible hospitals and CAHs) or calendar (for eligible professionals).
The 90 day reporting period is not fixed for Medicaid eligible professionals and hospitals that are only eligible to receive Medicaid EHR incentives.

Stage 2: 2015 - 2017

Eligible professionals must meet 10 objectives:

  1. Protect Patient Health Information
  2. Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
  3. Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
  4. Electronic Prescribing
  5. Health Information Exchange
  6. Patient Specific Education
  7. Medication Reconciliation
  8. Patient Electronic Access
  9. Secure Electronic Messaging (EPs only)
  10. Public Health Reporting

Eligible hospitals and CAHs must meet 9 objectives:

  1. Protect Patient Health Information
  2. Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
  3. Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
  4. Electronic Prescribing
  5. Health Information Exchange
  6. Patient Specific Education
  7. Medication Reconciliation
  8. Patient Electronic Access
  9. Public Health Reporting


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