Today’s EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial motiviation for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology that helps achieve health and efficiency goals. By putting implementing and meaningfully using an EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond those financial incentives–such as the reduction of data entry errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation.
What is “Meaningful Use”?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specifies three main components of Meaningful Use:
- The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
- The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
- The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.
Simply put, “meaningful use” means providers need to show they’re using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.
Through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing incentive payments to eligible health care professionals and hospitals who adopt certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use.