On Jan. 1, 2013, several changes went into effect for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs' Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, measures and exclusions. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the programs, some of the changes are optional, but others are mandatory.
CMS provides the following resources to help you understand the changes to Stage 1 meaningful use:
- 2013 Stage 1 Changes Tip Sheet -- Explains the changes for the 2013 program year and which providers are affected.
- Updated Stage 1 Specification Sheet Table of Contents -- Lists all Stage 1 core and menu objectives, with direct links to each individual measure specification sheet.
- Updated Stage 1 Specification Sheet zip files -- Contain PDFs for download of all core and menu objectives for EPs. (Download starts immediately upon clicking link.)
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