In order to receive an initial New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment, the eligible professional (EP) DOES NOT have to currently be a meaningful user of certified EHR technology. Instead, the EP must only provide proof of adopting, implementing, or upgrading (AIU) this technology. Definitions of these terms can be found here. To continue receiving payments for years 2-6, the EP must meet meaningful use creiteria established by CMS.
The final standards for Stage 1 Meaningful Use were published by CMS on July 13, 2010. Stage 2 standards were published in 2012 and will be effective for 2014 EHR Incentive Program attestations. Stage 3 is anticipated to be published in 2014 and be effective for 2016 EHR Incentive Program payments.
For detailed Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements visit https://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/EP-MU-TOC.pdf
The details for State 2 Meaningful Use are available here.
In general, there are three requirements for “meaningful use”:
- The use of certified EHR technology in a meaningful way
- The EHR is connected in a manner that provides for the HIPAA compliant electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of care.
- The collection of clinical quality data.
All meaningful use measures are based on encounters that occurred at locations where certified EHR technology is implemented. At least 50% of a provider’s total patient encounters must occur at locations where there is certified EHR technology in order to be eligible for a Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment based on meaningful use criteria. Additionally, at least 80% of the attesting providers patients in the EHR Reporting Period must be included in the provider's or group practice's EHR system in order to be eligible for New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments.