Meaningful use was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) in 2009 to encourage healthcare centers to leverage electronic health record (EHR) software in a “meaningful” way. Qualifying facilities receive financial incentives ranging from $44,000 to over $63,000.
To receive these payments, eligible facilities must demonstrate meaningful EHR use by meeting objectives outlined by CMS, including e-prescribing, allergy checks, and computerized provider order entry (CPOE).
The original meaningful use program was divided into three stages:
- Stage one: established requirements for electronic data recording, including the provision of electronic record copies to patients
- Stage two: focused on advancing clinical processes and encouraged continuous quality improvement at the point of care, as well as structuring guidelines for data sharing
- Stage three: focused on using EHRs to improve patient outcomes and eased reporting requirements for participating care centers