Meaningful Use

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. Here, you will find resources with more information as well as a CMS EHR Meaningful Use Criteria Summary.

Meaningful Use reporting period is taken from the current calendar year, whereas, patient volume reporting period is taken from the previous calendar year.

PA Dept. of Health Registry Information - This document provides details about the PA Dept. of Health Public Health Reporting Registries, including the Immunization, Syndromic Surveillance, Cancer, Electronic Lab Reporting and Kids Philadelphia registries.

Stage 2 Final Rule Tip Sheet - this document provides a summary and time frame of the updates created by the Stage 2 Final Rule and when these changes will need to be implemented.

Meaningful Use Dental Feasibility Chart – this chart outlines the Stage 1 Core and Menu meaningful use measures for the Electronic Health Record incentive program as well as the feasibility for dental practices to meet the measures based on feedback gathered from the dental community (Agency and Community Dentists).

All information found below is taken from the CMS EHR Meaningful Use Overview page.

Meaningful Use Specification Sheets
The Meaningful Use Objectives specification sheets for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs bring together critical information on each objective to help eligible professionals and eligible hospitals/critical access hospitals understand what they need to do to demonstrate meaningful use successfully. For eligible professionals, there are a total of 25 meaningful use objectives.

Final EP Core Measures with FAQ Links - designed to assist eligible professionals in demonstrating Core Measure meaningful use successfully and to help them understand the specific requirements of each objective
Final EP Core Measures FAQs - contains a compiled list of FAQs related to the Core Measures

Final EP Menu Measures with FAQs Links - designed to assist eligible professionals in demonstrating Menu Measure meaningful use successfully and to help them understand the specific requirements of each objective
Final EP Menu Measure FAQs – contains a compiled list of FAQs related to the Menu Measures

Public Health Registry Reporting for EHR Incentive Program - application documentation guidelines for the EHR Program

Clinical Quality Measures
CQMs - this is an overview of the Clinical Quality Measures for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals.

CQM Electronic Specifications - this link provides the electronic specifications that include the data elements, logic and definitions for that measure in a format that can be captured or stored in the EHR so the data can be sent or shared electronically with other entities in a structured, standardized format, and unaltered.

CQM Webinar 10-25-11 – Presentation for webinar conducted by CMS to educate providers about Clinical Quality Measures.