CMS Releases EHR Stage 2 Meaningful Use Calculator

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a calculator for providers to measure whether they can meet the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.  Similar to the HIPAA Security Risk  Assessment Tool which was released on March 28, CMS cautions that the Meaningful Use Calculator is a guide of whether or not the program’s Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements are being met by a provider but does not serve as an attestation and does not guarantee the provider will meet the program’s qualifications.

Eligible providers begin by choosing their provider type, and then answering questions on meaningful use core objectives and meaningful use menu objectives and then the calculator provides results assessing a provider’s ability to meet the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements.

The EHR incentive program provides payments of up to $44,000 over five years through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 over six years for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for eligible providers implementing EHR technology that meets the program requirements.   43 states currently offer the Medicaid EHR incentive program.  Beginning in 2015, Medicare will assess payment adjustments for eligible providers who decide not to participate in the program.

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