Whew! Another Year for MU2

Lea Chatham December 9th, 2013

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On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they are giving providers another year to meet their EHR Incentive Program’s Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 criteria. As a result, Stage 3 will be pushed back a year as well.

Under the new guidelines, Stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and Stage 3 won’t begin until 2017 for eligible professionals (EPs) who have completed two years of Stage 2. This change is not unprecedented. CMS pushed back Stage 1 previously when it seemed that providers were struggling to meet the requirements.

According to EHR and Meaningful Use expert Barbara Drury, here is what your schedule will now look like if you started Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2013:

2013 = MU1/Yr 1
2014 = MU1/Yr 2
2015 = MU2/Yr 1
2016 = MU2/Yr 2
2017 = MU3/Yr 1

And if you get started with Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2014, it attestation will look like this:

2014 = MU1/Yr 1
2015 = MU1/Yr 2
2016 = MU2/Yr 1
2017 = MU2/Yr 2 (only available to Medicaid)
2018 = MU3/Yr 1 (only available to Medicaid)

Note that for those starting MU1 in 2014 under the Medicare program, you will not get an incentive for MU Stage 3 attestation. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attest because there may still be a penalty for not participating. The attestation and incentive period ends for Medicare in 2016. Your total incentive will be $24,000 for three years of participation. However, you will be able to avoid the penalty phase that begins in 2015 if you get started in 2014.

Check out past articles on EHR and Meaningful Use and watch for new resources coming soon.

Note: This Meaningful Use information is subject to change. For the latest updates, visit www.kareo.com/meaningful-use.

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