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2015 Program Requirements

According to The CMS Final Rule Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov , EPs and EHs have to meet the requirements listed below in 2015 to demonstrate meaningful use.

EPs must:

  • Meet 10 objectives, including one consolidated public health reporting objective.
  • Report on 9 clinical quality measures (CQMs) from 3 of 6 National Quality Strategy Domains.

EHs must:

  • Meet 9 objectives, including one consolidated public health reporting objective.
  • Report on 16 clinical quality measures from 3 of 6 National Quality Strategy Domains.

Alternate Exclusions and Specifications

For providers who were scheduled to attest to Stage 1 in 2015, there are alternate exclusions and specifications within individual measures. These include:

  • Allowing Stage 1 providers to report on a lower threshold for certain measures
  • Allowing providers to take exclusion for Modified Stage 2 measures in 2015 for which there is no Stage 1 equivalent
  • Allowing providers to claim an alternate exclusion where previously a menu measure is now a requirement.

EHR Reporting Period

  • Starting in 2015, the EHR reporting period for all providers will be based on the calendar year.
  • In 2015 only, the EHR reporting period for all providers will be any continuous 90-day period.
  • EPs may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90-day period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
  • Eligible hospitals and CAHs may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90-day period from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015.