Meaningful use is a federal incentive program designed to stimulate the adoption of health information technology and improve the quality of care delivery in the United States. This article provides a specialty specific perspective to clarify program details and review participation for the specialty of urology.Methods:
Publicly available documents from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), including program materials, participation and payment data, were reviewed to construct this narrative as well as statistics on adoption in urology.Results:
Details of eligibility, participation, certification, attestation and payment are presented. Since program inception, 4,700 unique urologists have received payments totaling $95,864,021 or 2.4% of program payments. Of urologists who received payment for program year 2011, 14.8% did not receive a payment for program year 2012. Of eligible urologists 47.2% successfully attested for meaningful use in 2012.Conclusions:
Meaningful use has stimulated the adoption of health information technology and about half of all eligible urologists have participated. There was a significant dropout rate in program year 2012 compared to 2011.