Primer: EHR Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Electronic Health Record Incentive Program adjusts payments to Medicare and Medicaid providers for implementing and “meaningfully using” (or not) interoperable electronic health records (EHR) systems. The Electronic Health Record Incentive Program promotes efficient use of EHRs through 3 stages of Meaningful Use Requirements. Stage 3 is intended to bring about advancements in care delivery by requiring more advanced EHR functionality and standards for structuring data, increasing thresholds compared to Stage 1 and 2 measures, and requiring more coordinated care and patient engagement. By implementing the Meaningful Use Requirements in 3 stages, CMS intends to gradually move providers toward the desired end point: to “provide efficiencies in administrative processes which support clinical effectiveness, leveraging automated patient safety checks, supporting clinical decision making, enabling wider access to health information for patients, and allowing for dynamic communication between providers.”

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