The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs was set by the Stage 1 Final Rule by developing requirements for the electronic capture of clinical information, involving giving sufferers with electronic copies of health data.
The Stage 2 final rule expanded upon the Stage 1 criteria with a main concentration on ensuring that the EHRs’ meaningful use supported the priorities of the National Quality Strategy. The use of health information technology was motivated by the Stage 2 criteria for continuous quality betterment at the point of care and the exchange of data in the most structured format possible.
Review of EHR Incentive Program
On the day of February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was enforced. Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act (the Act) was amended by Title IV of Division B of ARRA by developing incentive payments to EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs, and Medicare Advantage Organizations to encourage and support the adoption and meaningful use of interoperable health information technology and eligible or qualified EHRs. Under the HITECH Act, these incentive programs are part of a broader attempt to increase the adoption of HIT and utilization of qualified EHRs.
Starting in the year of 2011, the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs were developed to motivate eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals to accept, execute, update (AIU), and indicate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
CMS issued a final rule on October 2015 that specifies criteria that EPs, eligible hospitals and CAHs must meet in case to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs in the year of 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) and in Stage 3 in 2017 and beyond.