Meaningful Use Rules & Definitions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines the Meaningful Use stages, measures, standards and rules. Descriptions of the Meaningful Use measures are posted on the CMS website. The information is intended for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) who can participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Links to key pages are included below.

Links to the CMS Rules and Definitions

The following CMS website pages provide the overall requirements for each stage of Meaningful Use:

2017 Program Requirements

2016 Program Requirements

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

Previous Program Year Requirements

Clinical Quality Measures Basics

Select from the following links for descriptions and selection rules of the MU measures applicable to the program year for which you are attesting. After opening a page, follow the embedded links for descriptions of each specific measure.

2017 Modified Stage 2 Measures

2017 Stage 3 Measures

2016 Modified Stage 2 Measures

2015 Modified Stage 2 Measures

2015 Alternate Exclusions & Specifications

2014 Stage 1 MU Core and Menu Measures

2012-2014 Stage 2 MU Core and Menu Measures

2012-2014 Stage 1 and 2 Clinical Quality Measures

2013 Stage 1 MU Core and Menu Measures

MU Measures for Eligible Professionals

Select from the following links for descriptions and selection rules of the MU measures applicable to the program year for which you are attesting. After opening a page, follow the embedded links for descriptions of each specific measure.

2017 Modified Stage 2 Measures

2017 Stage 3 Measures

2016 Modified Stage 2 Measures

2015 Modified Stage 2 Measures

2015 Alternate Exclusions & Specifications

2014 Stage 1 MU Core and Menu Measures

2012-2014 Stage 2 MU Core and Menu Measures

2012-2014 Stage 1 and 2 Clinical Quality Measures

2014 Clinical Quality Measures recommended for Pediatrics

2014 Clinical Quality Measures recommended for Adult Medicine

2013 Stage 1 MU Core and Menu Measures

Meaningful Use Toolkits

Additional guidance can be found in the Meaningful Use toolkits. They contain resources for program registration, Meaningful Use attestation, and other relevant program support topics for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals.

MU Toolkit for EPs 

MU Toolkit for EH