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Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities; engage patients and family; improve care coordination, and population and public health; and maintain privacy and security of patient health information. –

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. By putting into action and meaningfully using an EHR system, Health Centers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives—such as reduction in errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation.



Programs' Overview

Medicare EHR Incentive Program

  • Administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Provides incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals that demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology
  • Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over five years
  • There's an additional incentive for eligible professionals who provide services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
  • To get the maximum incentive payment, Medicare eligible professionals must begin participation by 2012
  • Payment adjustments will begin in 2015 for providers who are eligible but decide not to participate
  • Providers must demonstrate meaningful use every year to receive incentive payments

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

  • Voluntarily offered by 43 individual states and territories, including Michigan, and administered by the State Medicaid agency
  • Michigan launched its program in January 2011 and distributed first payments in June 2011
  • Provides financial incentives to eligible Medicaid providers (eligible professionals and eligible hospitals) to adopt and meaningfully use a certified EHR technology
  • Eligible professionals can receive up to $63,750 over the six years that they choose to participate in the program (does not have to be consecutive
  • In the first 16 months of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, a total of 1,566 eligible professionals and 86 eligible hospitals have been paid more than $100 million in financial incentives through the program


Meaningful Use Resources

Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Meaningful Use Resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the Meaningful Use Resources webpage.


More Information

Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Clinical Services


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