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The federal government developed the meaningful use (MU) rule to ensure that health care providers effectively use the tremendous capabilities that a certified EHR system can deliver.  The government’s extensive list of criteria and testing related to MU may seem to be an overwhelming task, but the good news is that PA REACH East is here to help.
 
PA REACH East has assembled a team of experienced & knowledgeable professionals who will serve as trusted advisors to help your practice navigate through the sometimes confusing maze that is “Meaningful Use.”  Your PA REACH East coordinator will see to it that your EHR system is functioning at its maximum level and can pass testing and data submission requirements.
 
By achieving the milestone of MU, your practice will not only be qualified for the incentive funds available from the Stimulus Act, but will also be providing your patients with a superior level of care.
 

Stage 2 Meaningful Use

On August 23, 2012, CMS released the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule.  This rule outlines the next phase of CMS's EHR Incentive Programs, expanding upon the measures that were included in the first stage of the initiative. 
 
To learn more about Stage 2 Meaningful Use, please visit the Meaningful Use Stage 2 page on the www.healthit.gov Web site.

Another excellent source of information and resources surrounding Stage 2 Meaningful Use can be found on the CMS Web site.
 
PA REACH also recommends that you view the "Final Rules PowerPoint" presentation which highlights what is in the Rule, including:
  • Changes to Stage 1 MU
  • Stage 2 MU
  • New clinical quality measures
  • New clinical quality measures reporting mechanisms
  • payment adjustments & hardships
  • Medicaid program changes
  • And much more

To download the PDF of the presentation, please click on the link below.

 
CMS hosted a Stage 2 Meaningful Use presentation on October 2, 2012.  To downloas the PDF of the presentation slides, please click on the link below. 
 

Meaningful Use Resources

Please visit PA REACH's Resources page for Meaningful Use Stage 1 & Stage 2 tools & resources.