CMS has delayed Stage 3 Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records until 2017. Originally to begin in 2016, Stage 3 requirements are expected to be even tougher. Stage 3 would begin in 2017 for providers who have satisfied Stage 2 for at least 2 years. The delay would allow CMS to evaluate Stage 2 while finalizing Stage 3 requirements.
Stage 1 Meaningful Use incentives for certified Electronic Health Records began in 2011 and many providers have qualified for Medicare and Medicaid incentives. Stage 2 became available in 2014 and has higher thresholds and more complex requirements focusing on patient engagement and information exchange. Under the new 2014 specification, increased complexities have resulted in a significant drop in the number of certified EHR systems. Eligible providers must use a 2014 certified EHR to attest to meaningful use in 2014 for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Regardless of the year the Eligible Provider begins ‘meaningful use’ the provider will be under Stage 1 for two years, then two years under Stage 2 and two years in Stage 3.
MediSYS’ EHR received 2014 Certification by the Drummond Group. For more information or to schedule a demonstration, contact us.