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The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program provides a financial incentive for the "meaningful use"
of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. By putting into action
and meaningfully using an EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives
such as: reduction in errors, greater accessibility of records and data, reminders and
alerts, clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation.
MU and utilization of certified EHR technology will:
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 describes three main components of MU:
Simply put, "meaningful use" means providers need to show they are using certified EHR
technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.
Eligible providers who have attested to adopting, implementing, or
upgrading (A/I/U) certified EHR technology will work toward achieving
Stage 1 Meaningful Use in their second year of participation in the EHR
Incentive Program. For provider type-specific information regarding
Stage 1 attestation, please select one of the following categories for
For the most recent changes to Stage 1, please view the
Stage 1 Changes Tipsheet.
CMS published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical
access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Incentive Programs. All providers must achieve meaningful use under the Stage 1 criteria before moving to Stage 2.
For additional information, please follow the links below:
Also, please check
CMS website for more information regarding Stage 2 Meaningful Use
Stage 3 criteria have not yet been promulgated by CMS; there is no
current timeline for the release of the proposed and final rules.