You are locked into a calendar quarter for your reporting periods. That is Jan 1 - March 31, April 1 - June 20, July 1 - September 30, or October 1 - December 31. I recommend that you attempt to meet Meaningful Use as soon as possible so that should you not meet the measures you have a second chance. If you wait until the fourth quarter and you do not meet Meaningful Use you do not have a second chance.
If this is your first year of meaningful use, and you have NOT previously attested for meaningful use, then your attestation period is any 90 continuous calendar days.
It is important to realize that you are currently in line to have a payment adjustment (penalty) of 1% of your allowable Medicare fees in 2015 since you did not meet meaningful use in 2013. But if you complete your 90 days and attest prior to October 1 of 2014 you will be exempt from the payment adjustment in 2015. If you meet Meaningful Use in 2014 but attest after October 1 you will get a penalty in 2015.
You must provide more than 50% of all patients seen during your reporting period with access to their health information online. This information must be available to your patients within 4 business days after the information is available to you. The patients must have the ability to view their information, download their information or transmit their information.
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology unveiled it’s10-year vision for achieving a nationwide interoperable health IT infrastructure.
One of the side effects of the events at the Phoenix AZ VA investigation is that the OIG had discovered that the audit controls in VistA the EHR utilized by VA hospitals was not turned on.
The absence of an audit trail for appointment scheduling limited the ability for both VA brass and OIG investigators “to determine whether any malicious manipulation of the VistA data occurred,” the report authors said. OIG recommended that the VA “immediately enable” this audit function at all VA facilities. “The VA completed this action,” the OIG report said.