Over the years there have been significant changes with the transition to electronic health records (EHRs). In an effort to offset the initial costs and to incentivize providers to make the transition to EHRs, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was authorized by federal legislation to create the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. These programs provide eligible professionals and hospitals with incentive payments for using EHRs in ways that positively impact patient care. Since Medicare does not typically have a dental benefit, the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will be most applicable to dental offices.
Am I eligible?
What are the incentives?
Providers can participate in the program for three years under Stage 1 regardless of when they begin the Medicaid EHR program. After three years, providers will begin Stage 2. There are currently no rules or requirements written for Stage 3. CMS anticipates releasing proposed rulemaking for Stage 3 in the fall of 2014, with a final rule with requirements for Stage 3 following in the first half of 2015. Eligible providers who have completed at least two years of Stage 2 would then begin Stage 3 in January 2017.
Under Stage 1 providers must complete 14 core objectives, 5 menu set objectives and 9 total clinical quality measures. Click here to view Stage 1 core and menu set objectives.
Under Stage 2 providers must complete 17 core objectives, 3 menu set objectives and 9 clinical quality measures. Click here to view Stage 2 core and menu set objectives.
Click here to view the complete list of Clinical Quality Measures for 2014 CMS EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Professionals.