The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) included incentives for health care providers to adopt Health Information Technology, most notably Electronic Health Records (EHRs). There are incentive funds for both Medicare and Medicaid providers. Providers at community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) will likely benefit the most from the Medicaid EHR incentive funds. In statute, providers at Federally Qualified Health Centers are specifically listed as eligible professionals for the Medicaid EHR incentive funding, as long as they serve at least 30% “needy individuals:” patients covered by Medicaid, including those in Medicaid Managed Care, those enrolled in Healthy Families, patients receiving charity care, and individuals paying for their care on a sliding-fee scale basis.
In order to be eligible to receive these Medicaid payments, “eligible professionals” at health centers will need to demonstrate that they are “engaged in efforts to adopt, implement or upgrade EHR technology.” For subsequent years, health center providers must demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHR technology.
Eligible professionals may receive up to $63,750 over a six year period, covering up to 85 percent of allowable costs. Providers can access up to $21,250 for the first year to cover purchasing an EHR and an additional $8,500 for five subsequent years to cover operations and maintenance.
Providers seeking Medicare EHR Incentive funding may receive up to $44,000. Providers practicing in a HPSA are eligible for a 10 percent bonus for each year of funding.
CPCA has extensive information and resources regarding the EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use requirements. Please click here to access the Meaningful Use webpages.
In January, 2011, CPCA merged the EHR Meaningful Use Workgroup with the HIE Workgroup into the HIT Task Force. Please click here for information on the Task Force.
Please contact Kelley Aldrich at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the HIT Task Force.
If you have any questions about the comments or CPCA’s policy work on EHR and meaningful use, please contact Ben Avey, Associate Director of Policy at email@example.com.
CPCA's 2015 QI & Technology Summit (formerly known as the PCHH/HIT Conference) is designed to disseminate best practices and share innovative projects that directly support health information technology implementation and practice transformation efforts. This event will feature separate sessions for Quality Improvement and Technology attendees, as well as general keynote speakers, covering important topics including PCMH recognition, Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, data collection and analytics, and strategic use of technology to support overall practice effectiveness.
February 18-19, 2015 - Click here for more Information!
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