Evaluation of Meaningful Use
AHRQ is working in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to support rapid cycle research on stage 3 of the Meaningful Use (MU) incentive program. In early 2013, AHRQ solicited research applications to evaluate proposed stage 3 objectives. By September 2013, 12 applications were awarded grants or contracts. These projects will produce results by June 2014 that will be taken into consideration during the regulatory process to shape final MU objectives. The projects will evaluate proposed objectives and propose strategies for improving the objectives at the policy level, EHR innovations that would support meeting the proposed objectives, and suggestions for primary care practices to increase the value of meaningful use objectives.