CMS Announces Final Rules To Support ‘Meaningful Use’ of Electronic Health Records

“Identification of the “meaningful use” goals and standards is the keystone to successful national adoption of EHRs.  The announcement of final “meaningful use” regulations on July 13, 2010, marks the launch of the Nation’s push for EHR adoption and use.”

— “EHR At a Glance,” CMS Fact Sheet

CMS published and announced final rules intended to support “meaningful use” rules, concerning the use of electronic health records (EHR). Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specified objectives.

One of the two regulations announced on July 13, 2010 defines the “meaningful use” objectives that providers must meet to qualify for the bonus payments, and the other regulation identifies the technical capabilities required for certified EHR technology.

Today’s announcement marks the completion of multiple steps laying the groundwork for the incentive payments program.  With “meaningful use” definitions in place, EHR system vendors can ensure that their systems deliver the required capabilities, providers can be assured that the system they acquire will support achievement of “meaningful use” objectives, and a concentrated five-year national initiative to adopt and use electronic records in health care can begin.

The complete News Release by CMS is available here.

The following links provide the original documents from the CMS website:

A CMS/ONC fact sheet on the rules is available at

Direct link to US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Links to Rules via Federal Register:


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