Medicaid Meaningful Use program overview
With the same goals and objectives as the Medicare Meaningful Use program, the Medicaid Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program provides payments to eligible health care providers for successfully demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology. To receive a Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payment, providers have to show they are "meaningfully using" electronic health records by meeting thresholds for a number of objectives that can positively impact patient care.
Medicaid eligible professionals can receive up to $63,750 over six years of participation in the program, and are given three years to meet Stage 1 requirements. Providers first receive an incentive payment of $21,250 for adopting, implementing or upgrading certified EHR technology in their first year of participation, and then receive additional payments of $8,500 per year for successfully demonstrating meaningful use in subsequent years (years 2-6).
Unlike the Medicare Meaningful Use program, there are no penalties for not achieving Meaningful Use. However, in support of the overall goals and purpose of the Meaningful Use program, participation is highly recommended.