Starting in 2015, all providers will be required to attest to a single set of ten objectives and nine clinical quality measures. There are alternate exclusions and specifications for certain measures for providers who have already started working toward demonstrating Stage 1 in 2015.
These provisions include:
1. Allowing providers who were previously scheduled to be in Stage 1 reporting period for 2015 to use a lower threshold for certain measures. For 2016, all providers previously scheduled to be in Stage 1 may claim an alternate exclusion for the CPOE objective measure 2 (laboratory orders) and measure 3 (radiology orders).
2. Allowing providers to exclude modified Stage 2 measures in 2015 for which there is no Stage 1 equivalent.
See Modified Stage 2 Objectives with Alternates for Stage1 for a complete list of objectives and alternate exclusions and specifications for Modified Stage 2.
Special thanks to Debra Harris
AdvancedMD Clinical Product Manager