Using meaningful use

By "meaningfully using" an electronic health record system, you can receive incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) based on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Based on the patient population, LEAP clinics could be eligible for one of two meaningful use programs: 1. Medicaid or 2. Medicare. 

To be eligible to qualify for Medicaid meaningful use reimbursement, the clinic needs to show that their patient population is greater than 30 percent Medicaid over a 90-day time period. If it qualifies, the LEAP clinic is eligible for a maximum of $63,750 over a course of six years for meeting meaningful use criteria. If a clinic does not meet the Medicaid criteria, clinics can still apply for Medicare meaningful use dollars. The maximum incentive from Medicare is $39,000 over five years. 

Learn more about Medicaid EHR incentives and Medicare EHR incentives.