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Medicare EHR Incentive Program Attestation Patterns

Attestation Patterns among Medicare Professionals who First Attested to Meaningful Use in 2011
May 2014

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9 in 10 providers who attested to Meaningful Use in 2011 attested again in a following year. 43% of those providers who skipped Meaningful Use in 2012 returned to the program in 2013.

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Attestation Patterns, 2011-2013
2011 (Year 1) 58k
2012 (Year 2) 49k
% Skipped Year 2 16%
2013 (Year 3) 47k
% of Those Providers that Skipped Year 2 and then Returned for Year 3 43%
% Skipped Year 3 19%
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Summary:

Approximately 58k health care professionals attested to meaningful use of a certified EHR in 2011 through the Medicare EHR Incentive program. As of May 2014, 9 in 10 providers who attested to Meaningful Use in 2011 attested again in a following year. Of the 16% of providers that skipped their second year (2012), 43% returned to the program in 2013. 9% of the initial cohort skipped both 2012 and 2013.

The Public Use File used for this analysis only includes Medicare attestations and therefore does not capture instances where a health care professional switched from the Medicare program to the Medicaid program. Up to an estimated 1% of providers may be noted as 'skipping' a year when in fact they switched from Medicare to Medicaid. Providers may also skip a year because they are no longer eligible for the program due to retirement, departure from active or ambulatory care practice, or other reasons.

Source:

Based on analysis of the EHR Products Used for Meaningful Use Attestation Public Use File, May 2014. This public use file updates monthly.

Notes:

For an analysis of all Medicare EHR Incentive program attestations through 2013, see ONC Quick Stat #32.

Suggested Citation:

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 'Medicare EHR Incentive Program: Attestation Patterns among Professionals who First Attested to Meaningful Use in 2011,' Health IT Quick-Stat #31. dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/pages/FIG-Medicare-Professionals-Stage-One-Meaningful-Use-Attestation-Cohort-2011.php. July 2014.