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Special Article
May 14, 2012

Achieving Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology: A Guide for Physicians to the EHR Incentive Programs

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Ms Marcotte); Meaningful Use Division (Dr Seidman), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Dr Mostashari), US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC; Office of Information Services (Ms Trudel), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (Dr Berwick), Baltimore, Maryland; Brigham and Women's Hospital (Dr Jain), Harvard Medical School (Dr Blumenthal), Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Berwick is no longer with CMS.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(9):731-736. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.872

Over 30 000 clinicians have already qualified to receive initial incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs. However, 2012 is the final year to receive maximum incentive payments, and many physicians still have questions regarding meaningful use objectives and how to register for, report, and attest to meaningful use. We provide herein an overview of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and guide physicians in the process of how to demonstrate meaningful use of health information technology.