The HITECH Act outlined the intended plans for the adoption of electronic health records through meaningful use. The CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs have evolved into three stages of meaningful use with their own goals, priorities, and their own final rule. Meaningful use means “providers need to show they’re using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.”
The current CMS incentive program that encourages health IT adoption is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which includes a Quality Payment Program (QPP) with multiple clinician payment tracks. Participation in QPP rewards clinicians' use of certified health IT.