Meaningful Use Requirements

The Meaningful Use regulations set by the CMS will be introduced in three stages over the course of five years (from 2011 to 2015).
  • Stage One (2011-2012)
    This is the 'start-up' phase. It sets the foundation for electronic data capture and information sharing by using Meaningful Use compliant systems, like DrFirst's RcopiaMU.
  • Stage Two (2013 - 2014)
    This stage involves many of the same requirements of Stage One, but increased percentages of use. This increase in usage involves features like showing a greater number of patient data records, computerized physician order entries (CPOE) or more e-prescribing. Additionally, all Menu Options will become Core Objectives; and additional Objectives may be added.
  • Stage Three (2015)
    This stage, as with stage two, continues to expand the use of electronic data capture and information sharing to levels of 80-90% on average. In addition, this stage will take into account future rules and decisions based upon knowledge gathered by the first two stages.

Requirements for Stage One of Meaningful Use

Medicare Providers

Meaningful use objectives are organized into two sets - a 'core' set and a 'menu' set. These objectives must be met to achieve Meaningful Use incentive funds. While the objectives for Stage One of Meaningful Use are the same for an eligible professional or an eligible hospital or CAH, the requirements are slightly different for each.

Eligible professionals have 25 Meaningful Use objectives to meet. However, in order to qualify for Meaningful Use incentive payments, 20 of these 25 objectives must be met using the following rules:

  • 15 required core objectives.
  • 5 objectives from the list of 10 menu set objectives.

Eligible hospitals and CAHs, by comparison, have 24 Meaningful Use objectives to meet. For them to qualify, 19 of these 24 objectives must be met using the following rules:

  • 14 required core objectives.
  • 5 objectives from the list of 10 menu set objectives.

Medicaid Providers

For Stage 1 of the Meaningful Use incentives, eligible Medicaid providers must must adopt, implement, or upgrade to a certified Meaningful Use system to qualify for the federal incentive payments.

RcopiaMU Certified Modular EHR

There is a wide assortment of certified software available, but in order to achieve Meaningful Use you need a program like RcopiaMU that allows you to meet Meaningful Use regulations while growing your health IT at your own pace. Complete the form above to learn more about how DrFirst can help you achieve your Meaningful Use requirements.