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How to Implement EHRs

Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use

  1. Assess Your Practice Readiness
  2. Plan Your Approach
  3. Select or Upgrade to a Certified EHR
  4. Conduct Training & Implement an EHR System
  5. Achieve Meaningful Use
  6. Continue Quality Improvement

My EHR Participation Timeline

EHR Participation Timeline Screencap

Use this timeline to determine which year you will demonstrate Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 of meaningful use.

It will also provide the length of time you are required to demonstrate meaningful use at each stage, and the maximum incentive payment for each year you participate.

Start Here

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for achieving "meaningful use", which is the use of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. This section provides an overview of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 EHR meaningful use core and menu objectives for eligible professionals (EPs) as outlined by CMS – which are intended to set a baseline for electronic data capture and information sharing.

The meaningful use objectives are grouped into five patient-driven domains that relate to health outcomes policy priorities. As depicted in the dashboards below, each core and menu objective is aligned to one of the following domains:

  • Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency
  • Engage Patients & Families
  • Improve Care Coordination
  • Improve Public and Population Health
  • Ensure Privacy and Security for Personal Health Information

Learn more about Meaningful Use Stage 1

Learn More about Meaningful Use Stage 2

“Achievement of meaningful use is the backbone of a practice’s ability to gain recognition as a PCMH. A medical practice that has achieved meaningful use is 40% of the way to functioning as a PCMH.”

-Dr. Douglas Ashinsky, MD, Somerset Medical Center/Warren Internal Medicine

Read about Dr. Ashinsky’s improved health care quality through integration of EHRs



Care Coordination Tool for Transition to Long-Term and Post-Acute Care

This tool is designed to inform EPs and EHs of key clinical information for inclusion in summary of care records when transitioning patients to LTPAC facilities.