Meaningful Use Stage 2 | Proposed RulePosted: March 2, 2012
Here is some info on the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Rule
- The meaningful use bar has been raised significantly for Stage 2.
- The earliest that any providers will be subject to Stage 2 requirements is 2014; all EPs operate under Stage 1 requirements for their first 2 years of participation, regardless of when they first enter the program.
- Most measures have higher thresholds, some have increased complexity, and new measures have been added.
- Providers have fewer choices—there are 17 Core Measures that all providers must meet (subject to the same types of exclusions as Stage 1), all Stage 1 Menu Measures except syndromic surveillance become Core Measures, and providers will have to meet 3 of the 5 Stage 2 Menu Measures.
- True interoperability is required—Stage 2 no longer asks providers to test their ability to exchange clinical data, but rather requires them to successfully exchange information on an ongoing basis across organizational and EHR vendor boundaries.
- Providers will be accountable, to some degree, for actions by patients. For example, it will no longer be sufficient to make clinical information available to patients online—in Stage 2, a percentage of patients will have to actually access this information.
- Providers will have the flexibility to purchase just the capabilities that they need to meet meaningful use—e.g., a chiropractor who does not prescribe will not have to have an EHR with ePrescribing capabilities, and a provider who is still at Stage 1 will not have to possess the meaningful use capabilities relevant to Stage 2 (until he gets to Stage 2).
- Providers will report on 12 clinical quality measures, and there will be a broader array of measures from which to choose. One option under consideration would consolidate reporting for meaningful use and PQRS.
- 2015 penalties can be avoided by demonstrating meaningful use in 2013, or for those who enter the program in 2014, by successfully attesting no later than October 3, 2014.