• The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records: New Incentives for Eligible Professionals and Hospitals
  • February 2, 2010
  • Law Firm: Alston & Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On December 30, 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Proposed Rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that sets forth the requirements for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals to be considered meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) and, thereby, qualify for EHR incentive payments. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), created financial incentives within the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS), Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicaid programs to encourage the use of EHRs. The Proposed Rule specifies the requirements for meaningful use, the calculation for incentive payments and penalties, and other requirements for the three incentive programs.