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    Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records 

    The requirements of meaningful use to qualify for incentive payments are defined in the final EHR incentive program rule. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs provide a financial reward for the meaningful use of certified EHRs to achieve health and efficiency goals. By implementing and meaningfully using an EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives - like reduction in errors, availability of records and data, and reminders and alerts.

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology maintains an up-to-date list of all certified EHR software and modules . This list will grow as more EHR products are certified. Picture of nurse


    To qualify for incentive payments, meaningful use requirements must be met in the following ways:

    • Medicare EHR incentive program - Eligible professionals and hospitals must successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology every year they participate in the program.
    • Medicaid EHR incentive program - Eligible professionals and hospitals may qualify for incentive payments for the adoption, implementation, upgrade or the demonstration of meaningful use in their first year of participation. To continue to receive incentives, eligible professionals with certified EHR technology must successfully demonstrate meaningful use to Medicaid and CMS. This process will be described in the near future.
    Definition of Meaningful Use

    The requirements of meaningful use to qualify for incentive payments are defined in the final EHR incentive program rules . The Recovery Act specifies three main components of Meaningful Use:

    • The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner (e.g.: e-Prescribing , or the electronic transfer of a prescription from the provider to a pharmacy);
    • The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care; and
    • The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

    In July 2010, CMS and ONC posted final rules for EHR Incentive Programs and definitions of Meaningful Use. These rules definitively outline what is required by providers to receive EHR incentive payments in 2011 and 2012. These can be found here.

    Medicaid plans to allow providers to participate in Year 2 (Meaningful Use)of the Maryland Medicaid EHR Incentive Program beginning on Friday, December 21st. Providers seeking to participate in​Year 2 must choose a 90-day period in calendar year 2012 to report their Meaningful Use measures.

    Medicaid is applying an attestation tail of 90 days into calendar year 2013 to allow providers to report for Meaningful Use. Although Maryland Medicaid will allow providers to submit Meaningful Use information through March 31, 2013, the Meaningful Use period must still be in a consecutive 90-day period in calendar year 2012, and your 90-day patient volume must be based in calendar year 2011.​

    Maryland's Meaningful Use Resource Center is Now Live!

    • Get assistance and resources with the Meaningful Use process
    • Understand how to use your EHR to reach Meaningful Use
    • Explore the Medicaid EHR incentive wizard to determine your eligibility to particpate in the Program

    Contact the Resource Center at 1-877-952-7477 or email: support@crisphealth.org