In December of 2014, Massachusetts finalized a state law that requires physicians to demonstrate proficiency in using EHRs and/or being a “meaningful user” under the Department of Health and Human Services’ Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (“Meaningful Use Program”) as a condition of licensure.

Massachusetts’ changes to the license requirements are another indication of how the Meaningful Use Program is shifting from an incentive program to a long-term compliance program.  Health care providers, including those outside of Massachusetts, should weigh the importance of a compliance initiative for the Meaningful Use Program and have a firm understanding of how the Meaningful Use Program will affect clinical operations.