About Erin Mastagni

Erin works in ECG’s Managed Care practice. Her experience with healthcare IT, business intelligence (BI), and population health projects for providers, payors, and public health agencies allows her to help clients address strategic healthcare IT issues through activities such as organizational assessments, governance modeling, accountable care program development, and strategic planning. Prior to joining ECG, Erin was a thought leader in the data analytics practice at Mercer LLC, a national HR consulting firm, where she worked to develop intellectual capital to benefit all clients using claims data warehouses and analytics to manage population health. Erin has a bachelor of arts degree in economics and politics from Claremont McKenna College and a master of health administration degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Meaningful Use Incentive and Penalty Scenarios: Medicaid

In a previous post, we discussed the recently publicized dropout rates for meaningful use (MU) attestations and the various incentive and penalty scenarios for providers dropping out of the Medicare attestation progression.  Dropout rules and scenarios will vary, however, for providers who have attested under the Medicaid incentive program before the end of 2014. Continue reading

[Infographic] Meaningful Use Incentive and Penalty Scenarios: Medicaid

The Meaningful Use incentive payment and penalty rules for the Medicaid program are different from the Medicare program.  The infographic below illustrates the various scenarios for providers attesting for Medicaid, pausing their participation in various program years, and switching between the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Continue reading

2012 Meaningful Use Dropout Rates May Foreshadow Future Participation

Last summer, CMS released meaningful use (MU) attestation data revealing that 17% of eligible professionals (EPs) who attested for the first-year MU incentive payment of $18,000 did not attest in 2012 to collect the second-year payment of $12,000.MU by the Numbers_14M03D19

When 2013 data becomes available, we will learn whether the meaningful users in 2011 truly dropped out of the program or simply paused their participation to revamp work flows or find more sustainable vendor partnerships.  Continue reading

Meaningful Use Incentive and Penalty Scenarios: Medicare

CMS recently released its attestation data from the meaningful use (MU) program, generating widespread speculation about MU dropout rates and the future of attestation trends.  Dropout rates from Year 1 to Year 2 for Medicare are roughly 17%, and surveys have indicated that about 15% of providers do not plan to attest in Stage 2.  Given these statistics, providers should consider how skipping an attestation year could lead to future penalties and diminished incentives. Continue reading