Meaningful Use Overview


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The law includes the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ACT (HITECH Act), which was intended to accelerate the adoption of health information technology (HIT) and the use of qualified electronic health record systems (EHRs).

The EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use) provides payment to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) when they meet a set of standards for the use of federally certified EHR technology (CEHRT) as part of their practice. Meaningful Use was established as a progressive, 3-stage program:


On Friday, October 16, 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Rule that details the criteria participants must meet in order to qualify for incentive payments under the Meaningful Use program. This Final Rule includes Modifications to Meaningful Use for 2015-2017, as well as the provisions for Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.


Meaningful Use Requirements for 2015-2017

Objectives & Measures


EHR Reporting Period


Payment Adjustments & Attestation Deadlines