Meaningful Use - Key Policy Issues

Meaningful Use was authorized by the Health Information Technology (IT) for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) (included in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to improve healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency through the promotion of health IT, including electronic health records (EHRs) and private and secure electronic health information exchange. To qualify for Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payments authorized by HITECH, eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) must “attest” that they have successfully achieved meaningful use criteria for each year they participate in the program.


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