HITECH Act and meaningful use requirements

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About HITECH Act and meaningful use requirements

Federal meaningful use requirements under the HITECH Act explain how health care providers can qualify for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Use these resources to see why the U.S. government is mandating the meaningful use of EHR technology for all providers, learn more about the meaningful use core measures and menu measures, find out how the meaningful use requirements change from stage 1 to stage 2 and stage 3.