CMS Unveils New Website on 'Meaningful Use' Incentives


On Monday, CMS launched a new website intended to help health care providers better understand the criteria to meet federal requirements for the "meaningful use" of electronic health record systems, Government Health IT reports.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs will qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 6/21).

Website visitors can download fact sheets detailing the proposed program requirements and the proposed definition of meaningful use.

The site also clarifies various terms, such as "eligible professional" and "certification," that are included in the HITECH Act (McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 6/21).

In addition, the site includes:

  • An overview of the incentive program;
  • Information about what health care providers are eligible for incentive payments;
  • Information on how to register for the program; and
  • Guidance on what health care providers can do to prepare for meaningful use.

CMS also said that it would use the website to publicize EHR training and events related to the incentive program (Government Health IT, 6/21).

According to Modern Healthcare, the website will offer more specific information about the incentive eligibility requirements after CMS issues the final rule on the EHR incentive programs later this summer (Modern Healthcare, 6/21).

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