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Changes coming to Medicaid Meaningful Use program for 2017 and 2018

A new rule published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services details changes coming to the Medicaid Meaningful Use program for 2017 and 2018. Overall these changes simplify the reporting requirements for participating practices.

Changes to 2017 program year
• The reporting period for both the Modified Stage 2 objective and clinical quality measures is a minimum of 90 days instead of the full calendar year. Providers can choose any 90-day period to report on within the 2017 calendar year.
• Providers will now report on six clinical quality measures and the domain requirement has been eliminated (reduced from nine quality measures across three domains). This is to further align Meaningful Use reporting requirements with MACRA.
• Clinical quality measures can be submitted electronically or via manual attestation for 2017.

Changes to 2018 program year
• The reporting period for objective measures is 90 days of data instead of the full calendar year. Providers can choose any 90-day period to report on within the 2018 calendar year.
• It is now optional to report on Stage 3 objective measures using 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) in 2018. Providers can continue to attest to Modified Stage 2 using 2014 edition CEHRT for the 2018 program year, but Stage 3 measures and 2015 edition CEHRT will be required for the 2019 program year.

For practices using LEAP, Legacy offers guidance through the Medicaid Meaningful Use Program document posted on the LHP team site on how to prepare to participate to meet the updated program requirements using LEAP.


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