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Meaningful Use 101 - Part II

Meaningful use is a new term that has many health care professionals scratching their heads. In this three-part series, The Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center helps Missouri health care professionals tackle this topic in short articles that are fast and easy to read. In Meaningful Use 101 - Part II, we look at the differences in meaningful use requirements for the Medicare and the Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and get an overview of meaningful use objectives and measurements.

Depending upon whether a professional participates in the Medicare or the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, the meaningful use requirements will be different. To qualify for incentive payments, meaningful use requirements must be met in the following ways:

Medicare EHR Incentive Program
Eligible professionals and hospitals must successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) every year they participate in the program. Eligible Medicare Professionals may receive up to five years of incentive payments totaling $44,000.

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Eligible Professionals and hospitals may qualify for incentive payments for the adoption, implementation, upgrade or the demonstration of meaningful use in their first year of participation. They must successfully demonstrate meaningful use for the remaining years they participate in the program. Eligible Medicaid Professionals may receive up to six years of incentive payments totaling $63,750.

An eligible professional may only participate in one EHR incentive program.

Meaningful Use Objectives and Clinical Quality Measurements
Meaningful use includes both a core set and menu set of objectives that are specific for eligible professionals (EPs) and clinical quality measures. It is important to note that objective completion does not apply to the Medicaid incentive program in year one.

25 Meaningful Use Objectives

  • 15 Core Objectives (required)
  • 10 Menu Set Objectives

During Stage 1, eligible professionals must complete all 15 required Core Objectives and five of the Menu Set Objectives to quality for an incentive payment. Eligible professionals are able to defer completion of the five remaining Menu Set Objectives.

6 Clinical Quality Measures

  • 3 Core Measures (required)
  • 3 Optional Measures

Eligible professionals will also report on six clinical quality measures. Three of the quality measures are core measures on which all eligible professionals must report. The three remaining quality measures are selected by the eligible professional from a list of 38 options.

In Part III, we will drill down deeper into the meaningful use objectives and clinical quality measures. Click here to view Meaningful Use 101-Part I. For more information or questions about meaningful use, incentive programs or MO HIT Assistance Center services, please visit our Web site: http://www.EHRhelp.missouri.edu call us toll-free: (877) 882-9933 or send us an E-mail: EHRhelp@missouri.edu

The Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center, the designated organization for Missouri, works with health care providers to help ease this transition to EHRs. MO HIT Assistance Center serves in an advisory role, bringing local expertise and support to primary care physicians and other health care providers with necessary technical assistance for successful EHR implementation. The Center also is a direct pipeline to the national health information technology (health IT) adoption program in support of individual primary care practices, critical access hospitals (CAHs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Our goal is to make you a successful user of EHR technology.

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