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Meaningful Use Basics

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to provide financial incentives to providers and hospitals who adopt and demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs). The three main components of MU are:

Introduction to Incentive Programs

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Run by your State Medicaid Agency
Maximum incentive amount is $63,750
Payments over 6 years, does not have to be consecutive
No payment adjustment for providers who are only eligible for the Medicaid program
In the first year providers can receive an incentive payment for adopting, implementing, or upgrading EHR technology. Providers must demonstrate meaningful use in the remaining years to receive incentive payments

The links provided here provide introduction to the MedicaidAdobe Acrobat file and MedicareAdobe Acrobat file EHR Incentive Programs, and what is required of Eligible Professionals to meet the requirements under Meaningful Use. See the Step-by-step GuideAdobe Acrobat file on registering for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. If you have questions about patient volume calculation, see our guide to Calculating Your Meaningful Use Patient Volume.Adobe Acrobat file

Getting Started

If you are ready to get started, you must first determine what program you want to apply for. Use the assessment tool linked here to help you determine where you land. Determining What Program I Qualify ForExternal site

For more information on completing the steps for Meaningful Use, please see our EHR Incentive Program page.