Here’s what we know. CMS has clearly stated that the Stage 2 rules for meaningful use are meant to increase focus on care coordination and patient engagement. Eligible professionals (EPs) must report on 17 core measures and three of six menu objectives. The Stage 2 Final Rule provides significant clarifying language to aid in interpreting the objectives.
Still there is much confusion regarding the second stage of the meaningful use incentive program. To help clarify, I have identified four key elements of Stage 2 that physicians need to be aware of:
1. More flexibility. Recently HHS published a new proposed rule that would provide eligible professionals greater flexibility in how they use certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use. The proposed rule would let providers use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Beginning in 2015, all eligible hospitals and professionals would still be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.