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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use

Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2

On August 23, 2012, CMS announced a final rule to govern Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The rule specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs.

The final rule for meaningful use Stage 2* intends to increase health information exchange between providers and promote patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.

Navigate to a specific objective below for more information on meaningful use Stage 2 for Eligible Professionals:

Legend by domain:

  1. D1

    Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  2. D2

    Engage Patients & Families

  3. D3

    Improve Care Coordination

  4. D4

    Improve Public & Population Health

  5. D5

    Ensure Privacy & Security for Personal Health Information

Eligible Professional Core Objectives

  1. Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) for Medication, Laboratory and Radiology Orders

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  2. e-Prescribing (eRx)

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  3. Record Demographics

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  4. Record Vital Signs

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  5. Record Smoking Status

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  6. Clinical Decision Support Rule

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  7. Patient Ability to Electronically View, Download & Transmit (VDT) Health Information

    D2 - Engage Patients & Family

  8. Clinical Summaries

    D2 - Engage Patients & Family

  9. Protect Electronic Health Information

    D5 - Ensure Privacy & Security for Personal Health Information

  10. Clinical Lab - Test Results

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  11. Patient Lists

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  12. Preventative Care

    D1 - Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency

  13. Patient-Specific Education Resources

    D2 - Engage Patients & Families

  14. Medication Reconciliation

    D3 - Improve Care Coordination

  15. Summary of Care

    D3 - Improve Care Coordination

  16. Immunization Registries

    D4 - Improve Public & Population Health

  17. Use Secure Electronic Messaging

    D2 - Engage Patients & Families

*Read about meaningful use clinical quality measures.

Learn more about the CMS Stage 2 final rule.

Last updated: Monday, April 21, 2014