The Meaningful Use Program and History

Review Chapter 9 of your textbook Integrated Electronic Health Records-Worktext, especially the portions that
describe the CMS initiative on Meaningful Use. Your instructor may provide additional suggestions on
references for this assignment.
The Meaningful Use program established incentives and priorities for installation of the EHR by Eligible
Providers. Elements of Meaningful Use were revised to be included within the CMS Merit-Based Incentive
Payment System and other programs of the CMS. The history of the Meaningful Use program, in terms of the
goals for use of EHR in healthcare facilities and dramatic changes that have occurred in healthcare information
technologies as a result, should be understood by future staff in a modern HIM department.
Using the suggested references and reading for this module, answer the following questions:
What were the goals of the Meaningful Use program?
There were three stages of Meaningful Use. How does each stage build upon the previous one?
Choose four of the Meaningful Use Criteria from the table below, which was created by CMS during the
implementation of Meaningful Use. For EACH criterion that you chose, please develop a method or approach
you propose to meet that criterion. Your methods should make use of the EHR and related technologies you
learned about in this course, since using EHR effectively is the purpose of the Meaningful Use program.

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