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Meaningful Use

The Stages of Meaningful Use

The HITECH Act outlined the intended plans for the adoption of electronic health records through meaningful use. The CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs have evolved into three stages of meaningful use with their own goals, priorities, and their own final rule. 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.”

Meaningful Use Stage 1
Began in 2011
Stage 1 of the CMS EHR Incentive Program began in 2011, it sets the basic functionalities for EHRs. The requirements are focused on providers capturing patient data and sharing that data either with the patient or with other healthcare professionals. Eligible professionals, eligible hospials, and critial access hospitals will successfully attest to two stage 1 reporting periods before moving to stage 2.

Stage 1 – EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use
> Final Rules
> EP Meaningful Use Objectives
> Hospital Meaningful Use Objectives
MU Stage 2
Begins in 2014
Stage 2 of the CMS EHR Incentive Program begins in 2014, it uses advanced clinical processes. The requirements are focused on health information exchange between providers and promotes patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.

Stage 2 – EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use
> Details and Resources
EP Objectives and Measures
> Hospital and CAH Objectives and Measures
> CMS Stage 2 Final Rule
> ONC Stage 2 Final Rule
> NPRM Proposed Rules
..>> Comments to NPRM
Meaningful Use Stage 3
To begin in 2016
Stage 3 of the CMS EHR Incentive Program is scheduled to begin in 2016 but the rule has not been finalized. Policy and Standards committees are developing recommendations to continue to expand meaningful use objectives to improve health care outcomes.

Stage 3 EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use

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