Meaningful Use for Eligible Professionals

At Matthews Law Firm, P.A., we practice healthcare compliance law, including legal issues which arise with the EHR Incentive Program.  Some of those issues involve advising clients about EHR meaningful use requirements.

In Florida, Medicaid eligible professionals (EP’s) do not have to demonstrate meaningful use in their first payment year. They only have to demonstrate that they have adopted, implemented, or upgraded certified EHR technology.

In order for an eligible professional to receive payment in the second year of participation, they will have to attest to meaningful use of certified EHR for a continuous 90-day period. In subsequent years, the meaningful use reporting period is the entire calendar year.

What do EP’s have to do in order to show meaningful use?

To qualify for an incentive payment, EPs must meet 20 of the 25 meaningful use objectives identified by CMS.  There are 15 required core objectives an EP will have to show in order to receive incentive payments (starting with the 2nd payment).  The remaining 5 objectives may be chosen from the list of 10 Menu Set Objectives.

Resources

In Florida, AHCA has a great website which can help explain each of the core objectives of meaningful use. (Go about halfway down the page under the ‘Eligible Professionals’ subsection.)

For a chart which summarizes the meaningful use core objectives and measure sets, go here. (This is a useful chart because it links to each meaningful use objective and explains each one in detailed format.)

(Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.)

At Matthews Law Firm, P.A., we practice healthcare compliance.

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