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​Meaningful Use

The Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs provide a financial incentive for the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. By putting into action and meaningfully using an EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives such as reduction in errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation. Here, you will find resources with more information, as well as CMS Program Year (PY) 2019 Meaningful Use Specification Sheets.

The meaningful use reporting period is taken from the current calendar year, whereas, patient volume reporting period is taken from the previous calendar year or 12 months preceding attestation date.

  • PA Dept. of Health Registry Information: This document provides details about the PA Dept. of Health public health reporting registries, including the immunizations, syndromic surveillance, cancer, electronic lab reporting and prescription drug monitoring programs.

Modified Stage 2 to Stage 3 MU Measures and Objectives Comparison Tool

Beginning in PY 2019 and beyond, CMS is now requiring the use of 2015 Edition CEHRT for all providers. In addition, all providers must attest to Stage 3 meaningful use, as providers may no longer attest to Modified Stage 2. Due to this change, we have created a stage comparison tool to support providers and their stakeholders in understanding these changes.

All information found below is taken from the CMS Promoting Interoperability Program overview page.

Meaningful Use Specification Sheets
The Meaningful Use Objectives specification sheets for the Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs bring together critical information on each objective to help eligible professionals understand what they need to do to demonstrate meaningful use successfully. For eligible professionals, Stage 3 Meaningful Use in PY 2019 has a total of eight meaningful use objectives.

Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)

For PY 2019, the CQM reporting period will be a full calendar year for providers who have previously attested to meaningful use. First time meaningful use attesters can use a 90-day CQM reporting period.

Beginning in PY2019, MAPIR will have three different sections for CQMs. There will be an outcome, high-priority and other section. Per CMS guidelines, EPs must select at least one Outcome CQM. If none of the Outcome CQMs pertain to your scope of practice, you must select at least one High-Priority CQM. If none of the High-Priority CQMs pertain to your scope of practice, you will then select a minimum of six CQMs from the "other" category.

  • CQMs: This is an overview of the CQMs for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals.
  • CQM Electronic Specifications: This link provides the electronic specifications that include the data elements, logic, and definitions for the measure in a format that can be captured or stored in the EHR so the data can be sent or shared electronically with other entities in a structured, standardized format, and unaltered.