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Meaningful Use (MU)

To receive Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments, EPs must show that they are “meaningfully using” certified EHR technology. EPs do this by meeting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-established MU objectives, which are specific, measurable ways in which an EHR can or must be used. This page is a brief introduction to MU. For more detailed information, and to see how MU applies specifically to the Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, download the EP Guide below:
EP Guide to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)

Before EPs can meet MU requirements, they must acquire or have access to a CEHRT. EHR certification is conducted by an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Authorized Testing and Certification Body.

All certified EHR products appear on the Certified Health IT Products List (CHPL). Products can be certified as stand-alone EHRs, capable of meeting MU on their own, or as separate modules pieced together to achieve MU functionality. The CHPL will assign each EHR, or group of modules, a CMS EHR Certification ID. This ID is required for registration.

Find your Certified EHR product below:

ONC-Certified Health IT Product List

Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade (AIU)

EPs do not have to meet MU requirements in their first year of participation. Instead, all EPs in their first year of participation have the option to either attest to adopting, implementing or upgrading (AIU) to a CEHRT or they may attest to MU. All subsequent years (years 2 through 6) EPs will be attesting to MU. EPs should know that attesting to AIU will not prevent them from receiving a Medicare Payment Adjustment. Only attesting to MU will prevent a payment adjustment.

Meaningful Use (MU)

Please review the 2016 Tipsheet and the table below to understand how to meet the EHR Incentive Program requirements in 2016..

EP Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use Objectives for 2015 Through 2017
    Protect electronic protected health information created or maintained by the CEHRT through the implementation of appropriate technical capabilities.
    Use clinical decision support to improve performance on high-priority health conditions.
    Use computerized provider order entry for medication, laboratory, and radiology orders directly entered by any licensed healthcare professional who can enter orders into the medical record per state, local, and professional guidelines.
    Generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically (eRx).
    The EP who transitions their patient to another setting of care or provider of care or refers their patient to another provider of care provides a summary care record for each transition of care or referral.
    Use clinically relevant information from CEHRT to identify patient-specific education resources and provide those resources to the patient.
    The EP who receives a patient from another setting of care or provider of care or believes an encounter is relevant performs medication reconciliation.
    Provide patients the ability to view online, download, and transmit their health information within 4 business days of the information being available to the EP.
    Use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information.
    The EP is in active engagement with a public health agency to submit electronic public health data from CEHRT except where prohibited and in accordance with applicable law and practice.

Patient and family engagement (4 possible measures)

Patient safety (6 possible measures)

Care Coordination (1 possible measure)

Population/public health (9 possible measures)

Efficient use of healthcare resources (4 possible measures)

Clinical process/effectiveness (40 possible measures)

For additional information on the 2016 Program Requirements, please visit:
For additional information on the 2016 Alternate Exclusions Requirements, please view:

Reporting Period

The MU reporting period is a continuous period during which the EP successfully meets MU objectives. It should not be confused with the eligibility reporting period. MU employs a three-stage approach, with each stage building on the preceding stage:

Stage 1- Data capture and sharing

Stage 2- Advanced clinical Processes

Stage 3- Improved Outcomes

Available stages and reporting periods for MU are shown in the following table:

Medicaid MU Stages

Program years do not have to be consecutive; an EP may skip a year, although one must keep in mind that the program expires at the end of 2021. In years 2-6, EPs must conduct 50% or more of their combined patient encounters at locations equipped with CEHRT.

Note: For 2015, the CQM reporting period can be from 90 – 365 days and does not have to be the same reporting period as MU.

Note: Beginning in 2015, Providers who do not meet the minimum Medicaid threshold to participate in the EHR Incentive program can submit an “alternate attestation” through the CMS site to avoid the Medicare Payment adjustments Please refer to the “Alternate Medicare Attestation Guide” for further information.

For Further Assistance

Please click on the Contact button – at the top of every page – for further support on the Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Or check out the EP Guide to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for more complete information.