Meaningful Use Criteria
"Meaningful Use" is the term being used by the U.S. DHHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to describe the federal criteria that eligible providers must meet to qualify to receive financial incentives for using electronic health records (EHRs) in a meaningful manner.The meaningful use criteria will involve three stages that are being rolled out over time. Stage 1 and Stage 2 criteria have been finalized at this point. In addition to defining the requirements that health care providers need to meet in order to achieve meaningful use, the rules outline payment methodologies for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.
The final Stage 1 rule on MU is available here.
CMS Meaningful Use web site - click to read
The final Stage 2 rule on MU is available here.
CMS Stage 2 Meaningful Use web site - click to read
Stage 2 Meaningful Use Overview Tipsheet - click to read
Other useful links and materials are available on this web page. Also, please visit the ONC’s Web site for complete information on meaningful use and standards and certification.
Stage 1 vs. Stage 2 Comparison Table (for eligible professionals) - click to read
Stage 1 vs. Stage 2 Comparison Table (for hospitals, CAHs) - click to read
CMS Eligble Professional Meaningful Use Table of Contents: Core and Menu Set Measures
Working with WVRHITEC is a key way for providers to ensure that they achieve MU according to the federal criteria, and, therefore, begin the process to qualify for federal EHR incentive funds.