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Illinois Physicians’ Guide for Understanding New Rules for Meaningful Use Reporting

    • Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015-2017

      Meaningful Use Reporting

      The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on October 6, 2015, that establishes the requirements for the Meaningful Use (MU) program for 2015 through 2017.

      Final Rule Key Features

      • Consolidates the objectives and measures for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the program into a single set of requirements for new and existing MU participants, known as "Modified Stage 2"
      • Aligns the reporting year with the calendar year and adopts a 90-day reporting period for all health care professionals in 2015, and for new MU participants in 2016 and 2017
      • Eliminates distinction between "core" and "menu" objectives, and requires physicians to attest to a single set of 10 objectives and measures
      • Lowers measure thresholds for patient engagement objectives that require patient action Modified Stage 2
      • Generally reflects prior Stage 2 objectives and measures
      • Includes 9 core objectives and 1 public health objective (down from 17 core objectives including 3 of 6 menu objectives related to public health)
      • Eliminates redundant and duplicative measures and measures that have reached sufficiently high performance levels that CMS now considers them "topped out" (e.g., recording demographics, vital signs and smoking status)

      Modified Stage 2

      • Generally reflects prior Stage 2 objectives and measures
      • Includes 9 core objectives and 1 public health objective (down from 17 core objectives including 3 of 6 menu objectives related to public health)
      • Eliminates redundant and duplicative measures, and measures that have reached sufficiently high performance levels that CMS now considers them "topped out" (e.g., recording demographics, vital signs and smoking status)

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