Meaningful Use Program Requirements for 2017

In October 2015, CMS released a final rule that modified the requirements for participation in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for years 2015 through 2017 as well as in 2018 and beyond. This page provides information on requirements for Modified Stage 2 in 2017.

Medicaid providers who are only eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program are not subject to the Medicare payment adjustments.

States will continue to determine the form and manner of reporting CQMs for their respective state Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs subject to CMS approval.

NOTE: All providers who have not successfully demonstrated meaningful use in a prior year and are seeking to demonstrate meaningful use for the first time in 2017 to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment must attest to Modified Stage 2 objectives and measures.

Objectives and Measures

  • All providers are required to attest to a single set of objectives and measures.
  • For eligible professionals (EPs), there are 10 objectives, and for eligible hospitals there are 9 objectives.
  • In 2017, all providers must attest to objectives and measures using EHR technology certified to the 2014 Edition. If it is available, providers may also attest using EHR technology certified to the 2015 Edition, or a combination of the two.
  • Please note there are no alternate exclusions or specifications available.
  • There are changes to the measure calculations policy, which specifies that actions included the numerator must occur within the EHR reporting period if that period is a full calendar year, or if it is less than a full calendar year, within the calendar year in which the EHR reporting period occurs. Specific measures affected are identified in the Additional Information section of the specification sheets.
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    EHR Reporting Period in 2017

  • For all returning participants and all new participants, the EHR reporting period is a minimum of any continuous 90-days between January 1 and December 31, 2017.
  • For the 2017 EHR reporting period, the attestation deadline is February 28, 2018.
  • Clinical Quality Measures (2016):

    Please see our page on the Clinical Quality Measures for more detail on what needs to be achieved in order to meet Meaningful Use.


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