Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center

Modified Stage 2

To avoid the payment adjustment in CY 2018, eligible hospitals and eligible professionals will attest to the objectives and clinical quality measures as finalized in the 2015 EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule (80 FR 62762 through 62955). For returning ECs and EHs, the EHR reporting period will be a minimum of any continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. For all returning participants that choose to report CQMS by attestation in 2018, the reporting period is 365 days or 90-days for first time reporters using:

  • 2014 Edition
  • 2015 Edition CEHRT, or
  • Combination of both 2014 and 2015 CEHRT

Stage 3

In 2018, Stage 3 reporting is optional, but all providers must use electronic health record technology certified to the 2015 Edition. A provider who has technology certified to a combination of the 2015 Edition and 2014 Edition may potentially attest to the Stage 3 requirements, if the mix of certified technologies would not prohibit them from meeting the Stage 3 measures. However, a provider who has technology certified to the 2014 Edition only may not attest to Stage 3. ECs and EHs will attest to a 90-day reporting period in 2018.