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Meaningful Use Attestation Data Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently released an updated public use file containing Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation and certified product data. Over the years, this de-identified dataset has served as one of the few sources of Meaningful Use (MU) attestation information that allows stratification by specialty.

Importantly, the file only contains MU attestation data through January 2016. Historically, the majority of MU attestations have been completed closer to the deadline, which for CY 2015 reporting periods was March 11, 2016. Therefore, we will not be able to see the final 2015 MU tally until the agencies release a future update containing mid-March 2016 data. This could be available sometime around mid-June at the earliest—the rule of thumb is that public availability of these datasets is approximately three months behind the pull.

So, as of January 2016…

  • 44 unique diagnostic radiologist MU attestations for CY 2015 reporting periods.
  • 2 unique interventional radiologist MU attestations for CY 2015 reporting periods.
  • 1 unique nuclear medicine physician MU attestation for a CY 2015 reporting period.
  • 36 unique radiation oncologist MU attestations for CY 2015 reporting periods.

Again, it is critical to understand that these numbers are not representative of the final attestation totals for 2015. It is likely that most attestations would have been completed closer to the March 11, 2016 deadline.  No attestations from February or March were included in these counts.

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