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The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide financial incentives to Eligible Providers and Eligible Hospitals who adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Achieving Meaningful Use can be a confusing and challenging endeavor for providers and their staff. The Meaningful Use Resource Center was created to provide a single, comprehensive informational tool for Eligible Professionals and their staff as they work towards meeting the Meaningful Use requirements.

If you have additional Meaningful Use questions, please call or email CRISP at:

Meaningful Use Updates

November 22, 2016 - On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released changes to the Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs. One of the most significant changes pertained to the EHR reporting period for program participants. The Final Rule allows all returning participants in the Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs to report on a 90-day EHR reporting period in 2016 and 2017. The final rule was published on November 14 and comments will be accepted until December 31. Please visit for more information.

October 7, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final rule for the Meaningful Use program that includes Stage 2 modifications and Stage 3 rules. CMS says the final rule adopts flexible reporting periods that are aligned with other programs to reduce burden and ease reporting requirements. Read more on the CMS EHR Incentive ProgramExternal site website. All EP's must meet these 10 Objectives External site for Meaningful Use in 2015.

June 19, 2015 - Maryland Medicaid will be updating the eMIPP system to accommodate proposed changes made to the EHR Incentive Program for 2015-2017. eMIPP will be unavailable from July 20,2015 through January 2016. When eMIPP comes back online in January 2016, providers and hospitals will have the opportunity to submit attestations for Program Year 2015. Click to read the June 2015 Medicaid e-Connect Newsletter External site.


The Maryland Meaningful Use Resource Center was developed by the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), with documentation and support from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), EHR vendors, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).