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Explore details of the Meaningful Use program, and get the information you need to achieve Meaningful Use at your organization.

Medicaid Meaningful Use criteria

The following are considered "eligible professionals" who can participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and receive payment for meeting Medicaid Meaningful Use criteria:
  • Physicians (doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy)
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified nurse-midwives
  • Dentists
  • Physician assistants who furnish services in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC) that is led by a physician assistant
  • Optometrists in some states (the state Medicaid plan must cover adult optometrist services as physician services)
Eligible professionals must also meet one of the following criteria:
  • Have a minimum 30% Medicaid patient volume*
  • Have a minimum 20% Medicaid patient volume and be a pediatrician*
  • Practice predominantly in an FQHC or RHC, and have a minimum 30% patient volume attributable to needy individuals

*Does not include Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) patients.

Note: Eligible professionals who are hospital-based cannot participate in the Medicaid Meaningful Use program. A provider is considered hospital-based if he or she provides 90% or more of their covered professional services in a hospital inpatient or emergency department setting.


Eligibility requirements for hospitals

The following hospitals are eligible to participate and receive incentive payments for meeting Medicaid Meaningful Use criteria:

  • Acute care hospitals (including critical access hospitals (CAHs) and cancer hospitals) with at least 10% Medicaid patient volume
  • Children's hospitals (no Medicaid patient volume requirements)

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