Meaningful Use Explained

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The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs were established by CMS beginning in 2011 to encourage eligible professionals and hospitals to adopt, implement, upgrade, and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

Meaningful use is using EHR technology to improve clinical outcomes and population health. Done right, it can facilitate the secure sharing of pertinent medical information between the patient, the primary care physician, and any other providers actively involved in managing the patient’s care. As a result, EHRs and meaningful use are a key component in creating a patient-centered medical home.

To help health care organizations implement and demonstrate meaningful use, PCDC experts are able to:

  • Support implementation of health information exchange, patient portals, personal health records and e-prescribing
  • Support adoption of care coordination processes within care teams, including population health and chronic disease management through adapting the EHR to include relevant information
  • Support design and implementation of referral/specialty coordination, provider communication through electronic processes
  • Support panel management and population health through analysis and reporting on EHR data

For New York Providers

The New York Medicaid EHR Incentive Program pays New York providers who demonstrate that they have adopted and implemented a certified EHR system. The program’s financial incentives are given to practices to provide financial support for the costly adoption of an EHR system.

Providers are eligible to receive $21,250 for completing MU Stage 1 by attesting they have adopted, implemented, and/or upgraded (AIU) and demonstrated MU of certified EHR technology. After AIU, sites can attest to MU Stage 2 to receive $8,500 per provider every year until 2021. However, 2017 is the last year for providers to participate and the deadline is May 31, 2017.

There’s still time, so talk to us about how we can help.