The initial implementation of electronic health records incentive program has been extremely successful. Florida health care providers have significantly expanded the use of electronic health records. To date, over $424M in incentives has been distributed to Florida providers. The participation in this program in the current state fiscal year has exceeded expectation and the appropriated funding has been distributed. Applications will continue to be accepted, but the Agency does not anticipate distributing any more funds. Additional information, when available, will be posted on the website.
Meaningful Use Overview
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of health care through the expanded use of Electronic Health Records as measured by Meaningful Use.
Each stage of Meaningful Use includes a set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology. The five priorities of Meaningful Use are:
- Improving safety, quality and efficiency while reducing health disparities;
- Engaging patients and families in their care;
- Improving care coordination;
- Improving population and public health;
- Ensuring privacy and security of personal health information.
The staging of the Meaningful Use program sets forth a path with each stage building upon the former by focusing on a priority area as illustrated below.
Medicaid eligible professionals do not have to demonstrate meaningful use in their first payment year. They only have to demonstrate that they have Adopted, Implemented, or Upgraded (AIU) to certified EHR technology.
In order for an eligible professional to receive payment in the second year of participation, they will have to attest to meaningful use of certified EHR for a continuous 90-day period. In subsequent years, the Meaningful Use reporting period is the entire calendar year. (NOTE: all providers will have a 90 day reporting period in 2014). The Attesting to Meaningful Use Checklist [.pdf 188 KB] has been developed to help providers prepare for Meaningful Use attestation.
Refer to Timeframes and Reporting Periods [.pdf 220 KB] for further information.