CMS Creates Meaningful Use Beginners Guide – Meaningful Use Monday

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Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money. Check out Lynn’s previous Meaningful Use Monday posts.

Meaningful Use Monday posts have delved into the nitty-gritty details of meaningful use, but I know that there are many providers and practice administrators who are still trying to wrap their arms around the basics of the EHR Incentives Program. CMS has just condensed the enormous amount of information available on its website into one handy, presentation-style document that explains the program.

Called “An Introduction to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals” (PDF), its URL identifies it as a “Beginners Guide”. (They could just as easily have named it “Meaningful Use for Dummies”, trademark infringement issues notwithstanding.) Although it is 85 slides long, the presentation is succinct, easy-to-navigate, and covers a full range of topics—including eligibility, program options, meaningful use measures, registration, attestation, other resources, etc.

Check it out! …And for more information, I invite you to browse through the comprehensive Meaningful Use Resource Center on the Government Affairs section of our company’s website (

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a “Meaningful” New Year!