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These tools are intended for facility staff to use toward achieving MU.

Common MU Resources

2014 Stage 1

Stage 2

CQM Tools

Checklists for Achieving MU

The checklists below for EPs and EHs provide an overview of the essential steps needed to achieve MU.


EHR MU Guide

These detailed guides show how to set up RPMS and enter the information necessary for demonstrating MU.

Area MU Contact List [PDF - 69 KB]
Contact your Area Meaningful Use Coordinator or your Regional Extension Center.

CMS EHR Incentive Programs Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
This official web site details the requirements for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs.

CMS Final Rule [PDF - 14 MB]
Released July 28, 2010, the Final Rule establishes the criteria for obtaining CMS incentives for demonstrating meaningful use.

CMS Final Rule, Part II Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
Released September 4, 2012, the Final Rule (Part II) expands the criteria for obtaining CMS incentives for demonstrating MU.

CMS State Medicaid Contacts Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
This site provides the estimated date that each state intends to begin accepting registrations for its Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
The Division of Epidemiology functions as the leading office in IHS for disease epidemiology, prevention and control of general infectious and chronic diseases as well as the following specific health conditions: cancer, tobacco use, breast and cervical cancer, vaccine-preventable diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and disease outbreaks.

Electronic Health Record (EHR)
This site is designed primarily for IHS, Tribal, and Urban (I/T/U) Indian health care facilities that are actively involved in implementing an EHR or that are contemplating doing so in the near future.

HITECH Answers Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
Run by Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health, this site answers questions about achieving MU of certified EHR technology.

MU Incentive Payments and 1099s
Federally employed or contracted Eligible Professionals working for IHS may have received a 1099 form from CMS or a state Medicaid program for MU incentive payments that they assigned to their facilities. If so, these practitioners are encouraged to contact their facility leadership or area coordinators for appropriate documentation. This documentation may be filed with their tax return or in response to the receipt of a notice of underreported income (CP2000). If practitioners receive a CP2000, they must respond within 30 days, so IHS encourages them not to delay in responding to the notice.

OIT Training Schedule
Register for current training available for all IHS areas. (Note: RPMS training events are open only to individuals affiliated with IHS, tribal, or urban Indian health program facilities in the United States.)

AIU: Adopt, Implement, Upgrade

APCD: All Payer Claims Database

ARRA: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

ATCBs: Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies

CAH: Critical Access Hospital

CEHRT: Certified Electronic Health Record Technology

CHIP: Children's Health Insurance Program

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CNM: Certified Nurse Midwife

CQMs: Clinical Quality Measures

CY: Calendar Year

EH: Eligible Hospital

EHR: Electronic Health Record

EP: Eligible Professional

FAQ: Frequently Asked Question

FFS: Fee-for-Service

FQHC: Federally Qualified Health Center

FY: Fiscal Year

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

HIE: Health Information Exchange

HL7: Health Level Seven International

IHS: The Indian Health Service

MU: Meaningful Use

NP: Nurse Practitioner

NPI: National Provider Identifier

NQS: National Quality Strategy

ONC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

PA: Physician Assistant

PHI: Protected Health Information

PV: Patient Volume

REC: Regional Extension Center

RHC: Rural Health Center

RO: Regional Office

SMA: State Medicaid Agency

SMHP: State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan

TIN: Tax Identification Number