In August 2012, CMS published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 meaningful use criteria that qualified Doctors of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctors of Dental Medicine (DMD) must meet to continue to participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to avoid Medicare payment adjustments. Stage 2 retains the core and menu structure for meaningful use objectives. Most of the Stage 1 objectives are now core objectives under the Stage 2 criteria. New objectives are also introduced for Stage 2, and most of these are introduced as menu objectives.
To demonstrate meaningful use under Stage 2 criteria, qualified dentists must meet 17 core objectives and 3 menu objectives they select from a list of 6, for a total of 20 core objectives (the same number of objectives that had to be met in Stage 1).