Meaningful Use Overview


On Thursday August 23, 2012 the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule of meaningful use stage 2. The stages of meaningful use seek to move from building a foundation for data capturing and sharing to the use of this data to improve health outcomes. 

The new rule amends stage 1 and defines new criteria for stage 2 of meaningful use. Stage 2 of meaningful use includes new objectives aimed to improve patient care through clinical decision support, incorporates care coordination and patient engagement, and has a greater emphasis on electronic data exchange.

AAP HIT leadership and staff have reviewed the regulations and have developed a series of resources to help guide pediatricians in complying with the requirements of stage 2 meaningful use.


CMS and ONC Propose New Meaningful Use Timeline

In December 2013, CMS announced a new proposed meaningful use timeline. The proposed timeline extends Stage 2 through 2016. Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for those providers who have completed at least two years in Stage 2. It does not delay the start of Stage 2 of meaningful use, or affect the current reporting periods and deadlines for 2014 participation.

The proposed timeline allows more time to review Stage 2 data in order to develop informed Stage 3 criteria that will best improve patient outcomes. To find out more about the timeline, read the blog by Rob Tagalicod and Dr. Jacob Reider, Progress on Adoption of Electronic Health Records.


General Resources

What is Meaningful Use?


Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator

Eligibility for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs


2014 CMS and ONC Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Flexibility Rule Frequently Asked Questions


Meaningful Use Stage 2 Resources

Overview of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use Stage 2: Implications for Pediatricians

Stage 2 Tip Sheet


Comparisons of Stage 1 v Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

Medicaid Expansion Frequently Asked Questions


Clinical Quality Measures