Federal Officials Outline Goals, Progress on Meaningful Use

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Last week, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari and CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner published a CMS blog post outlining their goals for the meaningful use program and the progress that states are making in the program, Modern Healthcare reports.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Nationwide Goals

In the blog post, Mostashari and Tavenner wrote that they have set a goal of helping 100,000 health care providers qualify for Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments this year.

As of February, more than 59,000 eligible health care professionals and more than 2,000 hospitals had received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments, they noted.

States' Progress

Mostashari and Tavenner wrote that "many states are partnering with local stakeholder organizations to make sure providers get the help and encouragement to achieve 'meaningful use' and assistance with overcoming any barriers that are blocking their progress."

The blog entry highlights several states that have set meaningful use-related goals, including:

  • California, which set a goal of having 10,000 eligible health care providers receive Medicaid incentive payments by June;
  • Ohio, which set a goal having 10,000 eligible health care providers receive Medicaid or Medicare incentive payments this year;
  • New York, which set a goal of having 6,000 eligible health care providers receive Medicaid or Medicare incentive payments this year; and
  • Washington state, which set a goal of having more than 7,000 eligible health care providers receive Medicaid or Medicare incentive payments this year (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 3/26).

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