Meaningful Use Tips from the IT Trenches

By Brian Schwartz, TierPoint Content & Social Media Marketing Manager

The U.S. government runs many programs aimed at improving health care quality and protecting patient privacy. Some are well-known regulations such as HIPAA, which requires medical organizations to meet certain standards, while others provide financial incentives for achievements.

One example of the latter is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (part of the Department of Health and Human Services) and is commonly referred to as meaningful use. It gets its name because eligible providers can earn cash for the meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve patient care. As of November, 2014, the federal government has paid out more than $17 billion in incentives to more than 500,000 providers who have deployed technology and processes to utilize EHR, sometimes called electronic medical records (EMR). Continue reading