Federal standards for “meaningful use” of Electronic Health Records provide guidance for practices that want to use their EHR to improve clinical care, reduce dangerous medical errors, and control health care costs.  Providers can earn up to $44,000 in federal incentives from Medicare and $63,750 from Medicaid by properly implementing and demonstrating “meaningful use” of a certified EHR. Providers not meeting “meaningful use” standards by 2015 will be reimbursed by Medicare at a lower rate.

“Meaningful use” includes both a core set and a menu set of objectives that are specific to eligible professionals or eligible hospitals and CAHs. For eligible professionals, there are a total of 25 meaningful use objectives. To qualify for an incentive payment, 20 of these 25 objectives must be met. There are 15 required core objectives. The remaining five objectives may be chosen from the list of 10 menu set objectives.

If you already have an EHR, let AHEC help you achieve “meaningful use” incentive payments.