Most Eligible Professionals Have Attested to Stage 2, CMS Says

January 14, 2015 in News

The majority of health care providers who were eligible to attest to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program have done so, according to the latest CMS data, Clinical Innovation Technology reports.

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation Technology, 1/14).

Attestation Data Details

During a Health IT Policy Committee meeting on Tuesday, officials at CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said as of Nov. 30, 2014:

  • 77% — or 1,814 — of the 2,115 Stage 2-eligible hospitals had attested to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program; and
  • About 60% of Stage 2-eligible professionals had attested to Stage 2 of the program (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 1/14).

According to Politico Pro, the latest numbers paint Stage 2 meaningful use attestations in a different light from those reported last month, when officials said just 4% of eligible providers had attested to Stage 2 as of Dec. 1.

Elisabeth Myers of CMS’ Office of eHealth Standards and Services explained that previous analyses reviewed attestation numbers for all eligible providers, rather than just for those who were expected to meet Stage 2 (Allen, Politico Pro, 1/13).

To be eligible for Stage 2, providers must have completed two years of Stage 1 attestation.

Dawn Heisey-Grove, public health analyst at ONC, noted that only 42% of all eligible providers and 56% of eligible hospitals had been expected to meet Stage 2 requirements.

Meaningful Use Incentive Payment Details

Further, CMS said it has paid out about $26 billion in incentive payments to eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. The payments included $8.7 billion to Medicaid providers and $17.3 billion to Medicare providers (Clinical Innovation Technology, 1/14).

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