Even today, when I talk to healthcare executives, some of them are not clear about Meaningful Use and its definition and criteria. With Stage 1 currently in progress and Stage 2 criteria being defined, I felt like dwelling deep in to what Meaningful Use is all about and explain in detail what the different criteria means and ultimately discuss what all this means to the patient. I have accumulated information from a variety of sources and consolidating into my blog to provide explanations that is easy to understand.
Case Management Systems(CMS) is providing incentives for healthcare professionals and organizations to use electronic systems in a “meaningful” way to improve patient outcomes. There are two incentive programs – Medicare and Medicaid.
The programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals (EP), eligible hospitals (EH) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must use ¬certified EHR technology.
This provides assurance to purchasers and other users that an EHR system or module offers the necessary technological capability, functionality, and security to help them meet the meaningful use criteria. Certification also helps providers and patients be confident that the electronic health IT products and systems they use are secure, can maintain data confidentially, and can work with other systems to share information.