Meaningful Use Requirements: Stage 1
Requirements for Stage 1 Meaningful Use: In Stage 1, meaningful use is defined by 25 measures that are divided into two groups: 15 Core Set Measures and 10 Menu Set Measures. To successfully demonstrate meaningful use, eligible providers must satisfy all 15 of the Core Set and 5 of the 10 Menu Set Measures.
Note: There are some exclusions for specialists regarding specific measures that may not be relevant to the scope of their practices.
One of the 15 Core Set Measures is the Reporting of Clinical Quality Measures. Providers must report on 3 Core (and up to 3 Alternative Core) Clinical Quality Measures and 3 Additional Clinical Quality Measures. Many of these measures are the same as those included in the PQRI program, although the reporting methodology differs.
Attestation: Providers report that they have demonstrated meaningful use through attestation—documenting through the online “registration and attestation portal” that they have met each of the meaningful use measures by providing numerators and denominators where measures call for percentages, by stating “yes” where measures require performing an action once or enabling a functionality, or by claiming an exclusion. The information submitted must be generated from the provider’s certified EHR, and attestations are subject to potential audits.