Meaningful Use: An Update on the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for Urologists

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Abstract

Introduction:

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.

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