The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide 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, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation.
How Healthcare organizations can qualify for Incentives
Meaningful use includes both a core set and a menu set of objectives that are specific to eligible professionals or eligible hospitals and CAHs. Use this checklist for your HIPAA Security Assessment and Meaningful use requirements.
Requirements for eligible professionals
There are a total of 25 meaningful use objectives. To qualify for an incentive payment, 20 of these 25 objectives must be met. There are 15 required core objectives and the remaining 5 objectives may be chosen from the list of 10 menu set objectives.
Requirements for eligible hospitals and CAHs
There are a total of 24 meaningful use objectives. To qualify for an incentive payment, 19 of these 24 objectives must be met. There are 14 required core objective and the remaining 5 objectives may be chosen from the list of 10 menu set objectives.
Download our Free Meaningful use checklist to help you meet Meaningful use in 2012.