What is the Meaningful Use Incentive Program?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)  was enacted on February 17, 2009. As part of ARRA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was tasked to create the EHR Incentive Program, also known as Meaningful Use.  The program established incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs), and Medicare Advantage Organizations to promote the adoption and meaningful use of interoperable health information technology (HIT) and qualified electronic health records (EHRs). The program's goals are part of broader effort under the HITECH Act to accelerate the adoption of HIT and utilization of qualified EHRs & health IT.