Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Meaningful Yoose Rap - The Final (Rule) Cut Lyrics

CMS published the final rule on incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records after the debut of The Meaningful Yoose Rap at the 2010 HIStalk reception at HIMSS, which required an update of the rap's lyrics. The new version swaps out the standards used to achieve meaningful use with the fifteen core objectives required of eligible providers.

Say Yo!

C'mon say Yo!

Now say H-I-T

C'mon say H-I-T

Yo, all you doctors won't you lend me an ear
While this wannabe hip-hopper sez what's goin' on here
Just take a look at the HITECH Act
It says EHR and you say, "Tell me somethin' new, Jack!
EHRs have been around for a while
They cost an arm and a leg and then they cramp your style"
You do a double-take... "Yo, Home, now how can this be?
It says Uncle Sam is lookin' to give some money to me!"
And so I'm here to tell you that this message is for real
But there's just one way to make it into this deal
Goin' paperless ain't nothin' if you ain't got the juice
You got to interoperate and show some Meaningful Yoose

Two-oh-eleven's when the money starts to flow
So you bettah listen up to hear the things you need to know
You need an EHR that does interoperability
And gets a thumbs-up from a certifying entity
They'll put it through the paces to make sure it'll jive
With all the bits, bytes and regs then it's time for you to drive
If you do what I'm sayin', you won't be chasin' a wild goose
You'll be on your way to showin' Meaningful Yoose

Meaningful Yoose, Meaningful Yoose
Here's what you need to know for doin' Meaningful Yoose
Ya' got fifteen objectives ya'll required to do
I'll rap 'em out for ya' then you'll add a few
Order Entry, test HIE, office visit summaries
E-prescribin', interactions, medications, allergies
Diagnosis, demographics, vital signs, smokin' status
Give patients record access, don't let the hackers attack us
Quality report, decision support
That's the core then from the menu ten choose five more for
Meaningful Yoose, Meaningful Yoose
Takin' care of patients doin' Meaningful Yoose

By now you're prob'ly thinkin', "Man, somethin' ain't right
This dude ain't got the moves and his rappin' ain't tight"
You got that one straight... I may not be too cool
But this message is important, so I'm willing to play the fool
Now tip your hats to the cats from the ONC
They're the ones under the gun to set the stimulus dough free
Startin' state HIEs and makin' Beacons from Communities
Fundin' SHARP and training and RECs
All the money's movin' out so there will be no excuse
For not puttin' patients first and doin' Meaningful Yoose
So get hip to what I'm sayin'... cut the power loose
And get your forty-four Gs for doin' Meaningful Yoose
Get your forty-four Gs or more for Meaningful Yoose
Put the patient first and do some Meaningful Yoose


  1. Ross, you've done it again. Fantastic!

  2. Much more informative than David Blumenthal's NEJM papers!

  3. What an awesome performance! I especially loved the cameo appearance of your handsome young son and lovely wife...Rock on Ross!

  4. Ditto re: your son! Perfect. Hope the MU Rap is being shown and performed often!!!