Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation is Extended Until 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that providers who attest to Meaningful Use within 2011 will not have to begin Stage 2 until 2014. This places a delay on the initial start date for Stage 2 from 2013 to 2014. Attesting to Meaningful Use within 2011 will give providers more time to prepare for Stage 2, as well as the opportunity to collect incentive payments for 2011, since there is still time to qualify.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated, “Doctors who act quickly can also qualify for incentive payments
in 2011 as well as 2012.”

Meditab is here to help providers qualify for all the incentives associated with purchasing an EMR before the end of the year. Meditab’s IMS is a CCHIT Meaningful Use certified, ANSI 5010 and ICD-10 ready, fully integrated EMR/EHR and practice management solution. Meditab’s focus is to maintain peace of mind amongst its users, ensuring full compliance of all government regulations, increased returns and higher quality of care.

Special Incentives for “Pioneers” (those who purchased EMR/EHR within 2011)

Previously, providers who attested Stage 1 during 2011 were required to begin Stage 2 in 2013, while providers who attested Stage 1 in 2012 were not required to begin Stage 2 until 2014. This rule unintentionally penalized providers who attested early and were among the pioneers, those who were an essential tool in helping vendors work out the kinks with their products, enabling them to meet the needs of practices as well as government regulations.

HHS stated, “We encourage any providers who have been waiting until 2012 to attest to Stage 1 meaningful use now. Under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, providers who attest early receive greater incentives. And now those providers who first attest in 2011 can get three payment years for meeting the Stage 1 expectations, while those first attesting in 2012 can only get two payment years under Stage 1 criteria.”

The official regulation will be published in February 2012 in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

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