Meaningful Use

Simplify your transition to EHR

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), includes billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to providers and hospitals for the “Meaningful Use” of certified health IT products – including Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentives for eligible rural healthcare professionals and critical access hospitals.

What is Meaningful Use?

Meaningful Use is the use of healthcare IT to further the five broad goals of the ARRA, and to further the goal of information exchange among health professionals.

The purpose of the ARRA is to:

  • improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
  • engage patients and families
  • improve care coordination
  • ensure adequate privacy & security protections for personal health information
  • improve population and public health

Rural healthcare providers and Critical Access Hospitals can now earn Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments by demonstrating Meaningful Use of a certified EHR technology.

Do I Qualify for Meaningful Use Incentives?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released a Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Programs Final Rule on Meaningful Use that identifies the criteria for becoming a meaningful user of health IT, requiring the providers to use the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system in a “meaningful way”.

Software vendors are currently adopting their products to conform with Meaningful Use criteria, but this in no way ensures that the provider will qualify for ARRA stimulus reimbursement. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has released the Final ruling on what qualifies a provider as a meaningful user of their EHR. For more details, click here.

Apex and Meaningful Use

Apex can help with the implementation of EHR systems and prepare rural HCOs and CAHs for achieving Meaningful Use. We will analyze the current patient workflow within your organization and develop an action plan for meeting the needed criteria within Meaningful Use. In short, Apex takes the guesswork out of the transition to Electronic Health Records.

Get the most out of your EHR investment.

Contact Apex today.