What is the reporting period?

For anyone starting MU, the EHR reporting is a continuous 90-day period within the calendar year. The period for EPs in succeeding years is the whole calendar year.

Only for 2014, were physicians given the flexibility to report for 90 days against any quarter of the year.

News Update

The reporting period for 2015, which is 365 days, has been called into question by many Healthcare groups. Flex-IT Act of 2014 was introduced in the parliament with the intent of reducing the reporting period to 90 days in 2015; irrespective of the stage of Meaningful Use.

At the time of writing there had not been any change to the reporting period.

Meaningful Use deadlines for 2014

Make a timeline

July 1, 2014
Last date to start demonstrating meaningful use for first time EHR users in order to avoid 1% Medicare payment payment adjustment.
September 30, 2014
End of 2014 fiscal year and end of the 2014 reporting period for eligible hospitals.
October 1, 2014
Beginning of 2015 reporting period for eligible hospitals and CAHs. Also the last day to start demonstrating meaningful use, for first time Meaningful Use participants, to avail the remaining EHR incentive payments.
November 30, 2014
Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible hospitals for the 2014 program year.
December 31, 2014
End of 2014 fiscal year and end of the 2014 reporting period for eligible hospitals.
February 1, 2014
Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible professionals.

What do I need to do?

To show CMS that you have meaningfully used your EHR, you must report on the following objectives and measures. There are different threshold values for consecutive stages of Meaningful Use.

Meet the Trickiest Stage 2 Objectives


Providers will provide their patients the ability to view online, download and transmit their health information. More than 5 percent of patients seen by the EP or admitted to an inpatient or emergency department of an eligible hospital or CAH must view, download, or transmit to a third party their health information.

Providers must use secure electronic messaging to communicate with 5% of their unique patients on relevant health information. Interoperability is a major focus of Meaningful Use Stage 2, but could pose challenges for health care organizations that are not prepared. Make sure you have an EHR that enables interoperability in order to successfully collaborate with clinical partners.



News Update


The 2011 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) will expire in 2014. Thus, 2014 is the last year that you can use a 2011 certified EHR for Meaningful Use. Going forward, all providers pursuing Meaningful Use (either Stage 1 or Stage 2) must use a 2014 certified EHR.


Core and Menu Objectives

To show CMS that you have meaningfully used your EHR, you must report on the following objectives and measures. There are different threshold values for consecutive stages of Meaningful Use.



MU Stage 1 Objectives

Core Objectives

  • Use CPOE for medication orders
  • Use eRX
  • Record demographics
  • Record vitals
  • Record smoking status
  • Implement clinical decision support
  • Provide patients with clinical summaries
  • Protect health information

MU Stage 2 – 2014

  • Use CPOE for medication, radiology and laboratory orders
  • Use eRX
  • Record demographics
  • Record vitals
  • Record smoking status
  • Implement clinical decision support
  • Provide patients ability to view online, download, and transmit their health information
  • Provide patients with clinical summaries
  • Protect health information in the EHR
  • Incorporate lab test results
  • Generate a list of patients by condition
  • Send patient reminders
  • Identify patient education
  • Perform medication reconciliation
  • Provide a summary of care record
  • Submit data to an immunization registry
  • Use secure electronic messaging

This information is accurate, to the best of our knowledge. As more information becomes available from HHS and other agencies, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check the CMS website.