In order to receive an initial New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment, the eligible professional (EP) DOES NOT have to currently be a meaningful user of certified EHR technology. Instead, the EP must only provide proof of adopting, implementing, or upgrading (AIU) this technology. Definitions of these terms can be found here. To continue receiving payments for years 2-6, the EP must meet meaningful use creiteria established by CMS.
The final standards for Stage 1 Meaningful Use was published by CMS on July 13, 2010. Stage 2 standards are anticipated to be published in 2014 and Stage 3 is anticipated to be published sometime after stage 2. For detailed meaningful use requirements see: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/Hosp_CAH_MU-TOC.pdf
In general, there are three requirements for “meaningful use”:
- The use of certified EHR technology in a meaningful way
- The EHR is connected in a manner that provides for the HIPAA compliant electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of care.
- The collection of clinical quality data.
The New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will use the current CMS meaningful use criteria without modification.