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What is Meaningful use?

Meaningful use is the set of standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs that governs the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and allows eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria.

What are the goals of meaningful use?

  • The overall goals of meaningful use are to use EHR technology to:

  • Improve quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care

  • Engage patients and families

  • Improve care coordination

  • Ensure adequate privacy and security for personal health information

  • Improve population and public health


Benefits of meaningful use:

  • Complete and accurate information

  • Better access to information

  • Patient empowerment


What is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act?

  • HITECH, eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specified objectives.

  • Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. 

  • Beginning in 2015, Medicare eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use will be subject to a payment adjustment. The payment reduction starts at 1% and increases each year that a Medicare eligible professional does not demonstrate meaningful use, to a maximum of 5% 


To participate in the incentive program, you must have a complete EHR or a combination of EHR modules that:

  • Meets the meaningful use criteria of a "Qualified EHR"

  • Has been tested and certified in accordance with the certification criteria established by ONC.


Are you up to date with the new government regulations? If you are not sure of the answer, we can help. Contact us for a free consultation to help get the most benefit for your practice. Contact us at or call us at 859-282-1400.


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