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8 Helpful Points for Meaningful Use (MU) Deadlines


We are now seven months into the year and Meaningful Use (MU) deadlines are approaching quickly. Here are some helpful tidbits to keep in mind when considering Meaningful Use and your electronic health record (EHR) system:

For Eligible Professionals (EPs) who have never successfully attested for MU prior to 2016:

  1. Deadlines. The EP must attest for MU no later than October 1, 2016 to avoid penalties in 2017 and 2018.
  1. Reporting Period. The EHR reporting period is any continuous 90-day period within the 2016 calendar year.
  1. Start Early. We recommend starting your EHR reporting period no later than July 1, 2016 to avoid penalties in 2017 and 2018.
  1. Avoid Penalties. If an EP misses the October 1, 2016 deadline, but still successfully attests for 2016 before February 28, 2017, penalties may be avoided in 2018.
  1. Past MU Success. For EPs who have successfully attested to MU prior to 2016, the reporting period is a full calendar year in 2016. To avoid penalties, once the EP completes the reporting period with a passing report, they must attest by February 28, 2017 to avoid penalties in 2018. A proposal is on the table to shorten the reporting period to 90 days, so keep your eyes and ears open for possible changes.
  1. Meaningful Use Safeguard Services. Modernizing Medicine offers a concierge-style coaching program that boasts an over 96% success rate for EPs who work with our coaches.
  1. EMA Central: Modernizing Medicine’s 24/7 Knowledge Base offers resources in the Meaningful Use section to clients.
  1. Innovative Educational Tools: The Introduction to Meaningful Use: 2016 is coming soon and will be a virtual eLearning course for clients. It will be accessible in modmed University and designed to educate clients about EMA™ and the set of criteria that makes up Meaningful Use in 2016 as specified in the CMS guidelines.

In 2014 there were 8,386 dermatologists in the United States. Only 2,698 of those dermatologists participated in MU Stage 1 or 2 which was 32% of the population. Nearly half of those that participated were Modernizing Medicine customers. Were you one of them? If you want to learn more about EMA, click here.


The Author

Jayne Collard, CMUP CPHP CMUA
Advisory Services Manager


Jayne Collard has certifications in both Meaningful Use and PQRS and manages the EMA Cares team and content. Jayne loves to raft, camp and spend time with friends and pets. She was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides, and is the state’s only Modernizing Medicine employee.