New to Meaningful Use? Start Here

If you are interested in meeting meaningful use and participating in the EHR incentive program, follow these steps to get started. Feel free to call the Illinois Medicaid EHR Incentive Help Desk at 855-MU-HELP-1 (855-684-3571) with any questions or requests for assistance.

Step 1: Commit to a Certified EHR. These are listed at

Step 2: Determine if you are eligible for the Medicaid Program

Step 3: Register with CMS

Step 4: If eligible for the Medicaid Incentive Payment Program, register with HFS

Step 5: If registered with HFS, attest that your providers are eligible and have adopted, implemented or upgraded to a certified system. Receive $21,250 as your first payment

Step 6: Continue to use your certified system in a meaningful way and attest each year to either CMS or HFS to avoid Medicare penalties