Over 30 000 clinicians have already qualified to receive initial incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs. However, 2012 is the final year to receive maximum incentive payments, and many physicians still have questions regarding meaningful use objectives and how to register for, report, and attest to meaningful use. We provide herein an overview of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and guide physicians in the process of how to demonstrate meaningful use of health information technology.
Figure 1. Incentive payments awarded to clinicians in 2011. Graphic adapted from “Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.”12
Figure 2. Steps toward and resources for achieving stage 1 meaningful use in the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs. EHR indicates electronic health record.
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