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Achieving Meaningful Use

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What To Do

Achieving Meaningful Use (MU) and reaching Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) milestones associated with effectively using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system results in providers receiving federal incentive payments. NJII has been instrumental in helping providers reach their health-IT goals. To date, NJII members have received more than $34 million in federal incentive money.

Starting in 2015, all providers will be attesting to Modified Stage 2 MU requirements. This replaces the core and menu structure of previous stages. For providers scheduled to attest to Stage 1, there are alternate exclusions and lower thresholds for certain measures.

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Assistance with MU

Need help in achieving MU? NJII provides the following MU membership services:

  • Personal Meaningful Use Specialist
  • Registration Assistance
  • Compliance Assistance
  • Meaningful Use Gap Analysis
  • Attestation Assistance
  • Guidance through the Privacy and Security Risk Assessment
  • CMS Audit Preparation and Documentation Storage

Not sure where you are or what you have to do for MU this year? You can Ask a Meaningful Use Question!

Stage 1

Membership Fee:

  • $600 per provider (remote access only)
  • On-Site Assistance: $125 an hour for members
  • Non-Member Assistance: $175 an hour for on-site AND remote services

Stage 2

Membership Fee:

  • $999 per provider (remote access only)
  • On-Site Assistance: $125 an hour for members
  • Non-Member Assistance: $175 an hour for on-site AND remote services

Modified Stage 2 Requirements at a Glance

Measure Objective Threshold Exclusion
Measure 1 Protect Patient Health Information
Conduct Security Risk Analysis
Y/N None
Measure 2 Clinical Decision Support Rule
Implement 5 CDS related to four or more CQM
Enable Drug-Drug and Drug Allergy interactions
Y/N None
Measure 3 Computerized Provider Order Entry
(1) Medications
(2) Radiology
(3) Laboratory
(1) 60%
(2) 30%
(3) 30%
(1) <100 Rx
(2) <100
(3) <100
Measure 4 Electronic Prescribing
More than 50% of permissible prescriptions written by EP
are queried for a drug formulary and transmitted electronically
using CEHRT
50% <100 Rx or Pharmacy radius > 10 miles
Measure 5 Health Information Exchange (TOC)
EP that transitions or refers their patients to another setting or care must
(1) use CEHRT to create a summary of care record; and
(2) electronically transmit such summary to a receiving provider for more
than 10% of transitions of care and referrals.
10% < 100 transitions of care or referrals out
Measure 6 Patient Specific Education
Provide patient specific education
10% No office visits
Measure 7 Medication Reconciliation
Perform medication reconciliation for more than 50%
of transitions of care in which patient is transitioned
into the care of the EP
50% No transitions in
Measure 8 Patient Electronic Access (VDT)
(1) 50% of unique patients are provided timely access to view
online, download, and transmit their health information.
(2) at least one patient seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period views,
downloads or transmits his/her health information.
(1) 50%
(2) >1
EP that does not order or creates any of the
information listed for inclusion as part of the
measure; or encounters occur in area where
50% locations have <4Mbps broadband availability.
Measure 9 Secure Messaging
Capability for patients to send and receive a secure electronic message.
Functionality has to be fully enabled during the EHR reporting period.
Y/N None
Measure 10 Public Health Reporting in New Jersey
EP must meet 2 Measures:
1. Immunization Registry Reporting: EP is in active engagement with
a public health agency to submit immunization data.
2. Syndromic Surveillance Reporting: EP is in active engagement with a
public health agency t submit syndromic surveillance data.
3. Specialized Registry Reporting: EP is in active engagement to submit
data to specialized registry.
* Public Health Reporting may vary by state.
Y/N None