Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use (MU) is defined as using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:

  • Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities

  • Engage patients and family

  • Improve care coordination, and population and public health

  • Maintain privacy and security of patient health information

The desired outcome for MU compliance is:

  • Better clinical outcomes
  • Improved population health outcomes
  • Increased transparency and efficiency
  • Empowered individuals
  • More robust research data on health systems

Meaningful Use Regulations

The Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs, formerly the EHR Incentive Programs, provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology. To receive an PI incentive payment, providers must show that they are “meaningfully using” their certified EHR technology by meeting certain measurement thresholds that range from recording patient information as structured data to exchanging summary care records. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established these thresholds for Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs).

Meaningful Use Resources

The Division of Health IT is committed to serving EPs participating in the PI Program and offers free educational resources to help providers navigate through the program. Click the links below and register today!

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