EHR Incentive Program Blog Series Part I: Meaningful Use

The CMS EHR Incentive Program requires that the EHR you use and the information you submit meet the requirements of the EHR Incentive Program. So, what are these requirements? To receive an EHR incentive payment, providers must show they are “meaningfully using” their EHRs by meeting thresholds for a number of objectives. CMS has established the objectives for “meaningful use” that everyone must meet to receive an incentive payment. In other words, it’s not enough just to own a certified EHR. Providers must show CMS that they are using their EHRs in ways that positively affect the care of their patients.

In order to demonstrate “meaningful use,” providers need an EHR that stores data in a structured format. Structured data allows data to be easily retrieved and transferred, and it also allows the provider to use the EHR in ways that can aid patient care. For more information about certified EHR technology, click here. You can also find a complete list of certified EHR technology at the Certfied Health IT Product List (CHPL) website. Click here to see it.

CMS released a final rule in August 2014 that grants flexibility to providers who are unable to fully implement 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) for an EHR reporting period in 2014 due to delays in 2014 CEHRT availability. Click here to see more detailed information about the requirements for Stage 1 and Stage 2 from CMS.




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