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Stages and Reporting Periods

Stages and Reporting Periods

 

Meaningful use was designed in 3 stages, the requirements for each successive stage building upon and advancing to a higher level those of the prior stage, encouraging providers to gradually increase their EHR use. An EP’s first reporting period for any provider is always 90 days.

The stage structure of the EHR Incentive Program was revised in the Final Rule, Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017, or here published on October 6, 2015. The changes will move all providers to the same stage of MU over the next 2 years—“Modified Stage 2”—which will simplify management and administration of the program on both the national and practice levels. Having all participating providers working toward the same objectives should make it easier for everyone to meet those objectives and related measures.

The chart below summarizes the stage of Meaningful Use Criteria by First Year

First Year Demonstrating Meaningful Use Stage of Meaningful Use
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 and on
2011 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 3
2012 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 3
2013 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 3
2014 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 3
2015 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 3
2016 NA Modified Stage 2 Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 3
2017 NA NA Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 3
2018 NA NA NA Stage 3 Stage 3
2019 & on NA NA NA NA Stage 3

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