Meaningful Use sets specific objectives that eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals must achieve to qualify for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs.
According to HealthIT.gov, Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:
The ultimate goal of meaningful use compliance is to achieve results in better clinical outcomes, improve population health outcomes, increase transparency and efficiency, empower individuals and more robust research data on health systems.
Meaningful Use Attestation is the process of submitting data to CMS to prove you have met the criteria set forth in the program. The deadline is the last day of February of the current year for the previous year's reporting period. On occasion, CMS has extended this deadline so it is always a good idea to consult CMS's website for the current deadline. Before the end of your reporting period you should have upgraded to the latest version of ChartMaker Medical Suite. In addition, please be sure to select the correct certification number for ChartMaker Medical Suite based on the version of the software you were using during your reporting period. For any questions on attesting, please see the Attestation User Guide.
Clinical Quality Measures:
To successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use, EPs are also required to report Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) that are specific to the EP. All providers must use EHR technology that has been certified to the latest standards and capabilities that contains new CQM criteria. Providers will report using the criteria set forth in 2014 regardless of whether they are in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. For more detailed information on CQMs, visit our Clinical Quality Measures page.
Latest Updates on Meaningful Use
CMS has changed the requirements for the Meaningful Use program over the years. Please ensure you are performing and attesting to the most current requirements. Requirements per year are listed below:
ATTESTATION UPDATE: 90 Day Reporting Period for 2016 (November 28, 2016)
Important Notice For Clients Using Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server (December 17, 2015)
Alert! Meaningful Use Providers Must Upgrade Now (December 14, 2015)
Reminder: You need 5 Decision Support Rules for 2015-2017 (December 14, 2015)
Deadline for Public Health Registry Enrollment (November 24, 2015)
Getting Started for Meaningful Use
- Determine your eligibility to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs HERE
- Determine which Stage of Meaningful Use you are attesting for and the requirements.
- Contact STI to register for a Meaningful Use Training Package; this setup and consultation package includes 2 onsite sessions and 1 web session - REGISTER HERE
Additional documents for getting started:
Request training for your office and increase your knowledge of ChartMaker® Medical Suite.
Additional Resources for Meaningful Use
Find important downloads and how-to documents to assist in your learning and knowledge of ChartMaker® Medical Suite.
Select your stage below to find specific materials for your office.
Protect Electronic Health Information
For important information on Core Measure: Protect Electronic Health Information (Stage 1: #13; Stage 2: #9) of Meaningful Use, please review the following:
Tools to Complete Your Assessment: