meaningful use misconceptionsNot quite sure what’s involved in Meaningful Use with the changes for 2014? Review our Meaningful Use summary of the common misconceptions about both Stage 1 and Stage 2.

  1. I can attest for 2014 Meaningful Use with whichever EHR I have currently.
    This year you must attest for either Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use with an EHR certified for 2014. 2011 certifications will not be accepted without a hardship exception, which must be submitted by July 1, 2014.
  2. All EHRs that were certified for Meaningful Use in 2011 are certified for 2014.
    Unfortunately, no—fewer than 175 complete ambulatory EHRs have been certified for 2014, which means that a large majority of the 1,931 complete ambulatory EHRs certified for 2011 are no longer an option for 2014 unless you file for a recently announced hardship exception.
  3. All EHRs that were certified for 2014 will work for any specialty.
    You cannot attest for all specialties with all EHRs certified for 2014; you will need to review the Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) for which the EHR is certified. In some cases, even some of the top 25 EHRs were certified for small numbers of Meaningful Use Stage 2 quality measures. Only 3 of the top 25 EHRs were certified for all 64 CQMs, and MediTouch was one of them.
  4. I can wait to begin attesting for the first time for MU in 2015.
    No, 2014 is the last year in which an EP can begin to get MU incentive payments.
  5. Not attesting for Meaningful Use will have no impact on my income other than missing out on the incentive payment.
    Unfortunately, it will have an impact. 2014 meaningful use performance will be the basis for 2016 Medicare payment adjustments. For EPs, this could mean a 2% reduction in Medicare payments, which would be a loss of up to $5,000 for the average practice.
  6. Meaningful Use Stage 1 only lasts one year.
    No, for EPs that started in 2012 or later, you must be Meaningful Use Stage 1 for two years, and receive incentive payments for each year. See our Meaningful Use Timeline for a thorough explanation of the stages.
  7. I don’t have to attest for Meaningful Use Stage 2 if I’ve already attested for Stage 1.
    At this time there is no guidance from CMS that states that the Meaningful Use program has an end. Based on what we know today, not participating in new stages of Meaningful Use will result in progressively increasing payment adjustments (penalties) that begin in 2016 and loss of any incentive payments.
  8. I have to attest for MU Stage 2 for a full year in 2014.
    No—for 2014 only, all providers regardless of their stage of Meaningful Use are only required to demonstrate meaningful use for a three-month EHR reporting period.
  9. If I’m attesting for both PQRS and MU, I have to submit separate CQM reports.
    No, you can attest to CQMs for both PQRS and MU simultaneously—but it will delay your MU payment since you can’t attest for PQRS until after Dec. 31, 2014.
  10. Meaningful Use attestation is always difficult and will add hours of work in addition to our normal practice processes.
    Wrong–Meaningful Use attestation does not have to be as difficult as you might think, and with the right EHR software you can track your reporting as part of your normal patient care.

    With HealthFusion’s Meaningful Use Report Card®, there is virtually no “extra” work to earn your EHR Meaningful Use incentive payment. Simply use our integrated EHR system as directed and follow the 3 easy steps outlined on our website.

For more information on both Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Meaningful Use Stage 2 as well as PQRS attestation, download our free Insider’s Guide to Meaningful Use Q&A.