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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for achieving ‘Meaningful Use’, which is the use of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. The documents included herein are a series of reports issued by CMS to assist Eligible Professionals in attesting for Meaningful Use.  As of late 2015 the program underwent many changes in the measures and process of achieving Meaningful Use. The information and resources in this section reflect these changes and provide additional information on specific exclusions and nuances.

For further details on the Meaningful Use program in general, you can visit the CMS website at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html

Guide for Health Information Exchange

Guide for Health Information Exchange

EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017; updated November 2016

Overview of Health Information Exchange

Objective: The EP, eligible hospital or CAH who transitions their patient to another setting of care or provider of care, or refers their patient to another provider of care, provides a summary care record for each transition of care or referral.

Measures: The EP, eligible hospital or CAH that transitions or refers their patient to another setting of care or provider of care must—

  1. Use certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to create a summary of care record; and
  2. Electronically transmit such summary to a receiving provider for more than 10 percent of transitions of care and referrals.

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To review the changes that have taken place from the old Meaningful Use to the 2015-2017 revision, take a look at the following materials.

To ease the transition to a Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use, CMS has created a series of Alternate Exclusions for the 2015 and 2016 reporting years to assist providers currently in Stage 1. 

You can also find a series of interactive worksheets and checklists to help guide you through the process of participating and attesting.

CMS has also compiled a series of documents providing further information on measures or circumstances that eligible providers have expressed particular difficulty with. These include topics related to:

  • Public Health Reporting
  • Broadband Access Exclusions
  • Practicing in Multiple Locations
  • Patient Electronic Access
  • Health Information Exchange

 

Acknowledgements

This resource collection was compiled by the HITEQ staff with input provided by the HITEQ Advisory Committee and partners who have shared their experiences.

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