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Meaningful Use

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide financial incentives for the meaningful use of certified EHR (Electronic Health Record) technology to improve patient care. To receive an EHR incentive payment, providers have to show that they are meaningfully using their EHRs by meeting thresholds for a number of objectives. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has established the objectives for meaningful use that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to receive an incentive payment.  

Learn more: Meaningful Use (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

Resources for Safety Net Providers

Health IT Implementation Toolbox

Understanding Eligibility, Registration and Attestation Processes for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for FQHC-Based Eligible Professionals  (ZIP - 79 MB) 

Meaningful Use and Critical Access Hospitals (PDF - 532 KB)

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On-Demand Webinars

Federal Communications Commission Support for Community-Based Health IT 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides information on the Healthcare Connect Fund which provides broadband access to those in rural areas. A HRSA grantee, CommunityHealth IT from Gainesville, Florida, provides an overview of telecommunications and broadband community-based health IT programs that benefit from FCC broadband support.
Recorded 02/28/2014

Using an Electronic Health Record to Create Patient Problem Lists
How safety net primary care providers can meaningfully use electronic health records (EHR) to create and maintain patient problem lists. The lists are a core requirement of Meaningful Use and also are a powerful tool for maintaining a patient’s medical history and engaging patients in managing their health care. Presenters demonstrate how patient problem lists are created and maintained by EHRs and share strategies for using them for quality improvement and patient engagement. Staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discuss the importance of patient problem lists in achieving stages 1 and 2 of Meaningful Use.
Recorded 05/17/2013

Using an Electronic Health Record for Health Information Exchange and Interoperability for Safety Net Providers 
How safety net providers can electronically exchange health information and achieve interoperability using electronic health records (EHRs).  Exchanging electronic health information with other providers is a requirement under Stage 2 of Meaningful Use and has been shown to reduce costs and duplication of services, increase patient engagement, enhance patient safety, and improve healthcare quality. Presenters explain how providers can meet the health information exchange (HIE)  objectives of Meaningful Use, access and utilize State and local HIE networks, and overcome barriers to achieve HIE and interoperability.
Recorded 4/26/2013

Using Clinical Decision Support in Safety Net Provider Setting
How safety net providers can implement and use a clinical decision support (CDS) system.  A CDS complements an electronic health record, helping to ensure that all patients in a practice receive appropriate and timely preventive services and the right test, the right medication, and the right treatment. Meaningful use requires that each clinician implement one CDS rule relevant to his/her specialty or clinical priority along with the capability to track compliance with the rule.Presenters share their experiences using CDS to enhance their quality of care within a safety net provider setting.  
Recorded 3/22/2013

Using an EHR and Quality Data to Improve Hypertension
How safety net providers can utilize health information technology (HIT) to improve health outcomes in patients with hypertension. Hypertension is a significant risk factor that contributes to major health complications, including cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in the United States. Hypertension control is a core clinical quality measure in the Meaningful Use incentive program and also a priority within the National Quality Strategy, Healthy People 2020, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Million Hearts” campaign. Presenters for this webinar are safety net providers from rural inpatient and community health center settings, who will share their best practices for helping patients control their hypertension.
Recorded 2/22/2013

Upgrading and Optimizing an Electronic Health Record System for Safety Net Providers
Even after successfully adopting an electronic health record (EHR), the need to upgrade or optimize the system may create unforeseen challenges. Safety net providers from rural inpatient and health center settings who have successfully upgraded or optimized their EHR system offer insights on how to enhance clinical workflow, improve productivity, and manage organizational change.
Recorded 1/18/2013

Meaningfully Using Computerized Order Entry: Experience from Two Safety Net Providers 
How inpatient and ambulatory safety net providers can meaningfully use computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines CPOE as “the provider’s use of computer assistance to directly enter medication orders from a computer or mobile device. The order is also documented or captured in a digital, structured, and computable format for use in improving safety and organization.” CPOE, a mandatory core measure for meaningful use for the CMS Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, can provide many benefits and challenges to safety net providers. These include increased patient safety, accurate communication between healthcare providers, and greater capturing of services for billing. Presenters will discuss how they successfully implemented CPOE in their provider settings and how they overcame CPOE challenges in order to reap its benefits. Recorded 12/14/2012

Overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 for Safety Net Providers
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services staff provide an overview of the Meaningful Use Stage II Final Rule and how it affects safety net providers including health centers, rural providers, critical access hospitals, and Ryan White clinics; staff from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology present a brief overview of  the Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rule.
Recorded 9/18/2012

Webinars

None scheduled at this time.