Meaningful Use and MACRA


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides incentives to encourage eligible clinicians to use health IT, most notably certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. Certified EHR technology makes it possible for clinicians to submit information electronically to CMS in a format CMS can process.

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.

MACRA provides new tools and resources to help you give your patients the best possible care. The Quality Payment Program creates a new framework for rewarding clinicians who provide higher-value care. Choose how you want to participate based on your practice size, specialty, location, or patient population, and regardless of the model you select, health IT can play an important role in supporting your ability to track and report your organizations’ information to CMS.

MIPS Pillars

With the introduction of MACRA, the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, commonly referred to as meaningful use, was transitioned to become one of the four components of the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which itself is part of MACRA. Clinicians no longer participate in the Medicare Eligible Professionals meaningful use program. Now in QPP, performance categories, including Advancing Care Information and Quality Measures Reporting in MIPS, provide incentives to clinicians to use certified EHR technology.

Components of MIPS
Content last reviewed on February 12, 2019