The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of health care through the expanded use of Electronic Health Records as measured by Meaningful Use.
The five priorities of Meaningful Use are:
Medicaid eligible professionals did not have to demonstrate meaningful use in their first payment year. They only had to demonstrate that they Adopted, Implemented, or Upgraded (AIU) to certified EHR technology.
In order for an eligible professional to receive payment in the second year of participation, they will have to attest to meaningful use of certified EHR for a continuous 90-day period. In subsequent years, the Meaningful Use reporting period is the entire calendar year. The Meaningful Use Tip sheet [PDF 188 KB] has been developed to help providers prepare for Meaningful Use attestation.
Refer to Program Participation Overview [PDF 263 KB] for further information.