Achieving Meaningful Use
What is Meaningful Use?
Meaningful Use is a term that applies to the use of electronic health records in a meaningful way. This refers to usage which increases both the quality and efficiency of healthcare, and reduces medical errors.
Using an EHR meaningfully engages the patient and family in their healthcare, along with maintaining the privacy and security of sensitive health information. Meaningful Use should improve transparency and empower patients, in hopes of improving individual patient outcomes and, on a larger scale, increasing the amount of data available for public health reporting.
How Can You Achieve Meaningful Use?
Meaningful Use has been divided into stages (Stage 1, 2, and 3). Eligible healthcare providers who attest to these requirements may receive federal incentive payments. The following resources and links can help you determine what programs you may be eligible for, and outline some of the objectives and measures for Meaningful Use.
Flowchart to Determine if You Are an Eligible Provider for EHR Incentives from CMS:
Information on the Medicare Version of the EHR Incentive Program:
Information on the Medicaid Version of the EHR Incentive Program:
Meaningful Use Stage 1 Objectives and Clinical Quality Measures
Objectives, Measurements and Exclusions for EPs (Core and Menu Set):
Objectives and Measures for Eligible Professionals.pdf
Clinical Quality Measures for EPs (Core, Alternate Core, and Menu Set):
Clinical Quality Measures for Eligible Professionals.pdf
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Fact Sheets
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released the final requirements for Stage 2 meaningful use that hospitals and healthcare providers must meet in order to qualify for incentives in the second stage of the program. Stage 2 meaningful use, which will begin as early as 2014, increases health information exchange between providers and promotes patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.