By: Rob Kidney
Since registration opened on January 3, 2011, 15 states have officially launched their Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive programs (Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Missouri and most recently, Ohio and Indiana).
Many of these, although not all, have begun making payments to eligible providers (including health centers) and hospitals. While states technically have until 2016 to launch their programs, according to information provided to CMS by states, the vast majority intend to begin their programs in 2011.
CMS announced on April 18th that a new attestation site was up and running, allowing eligible providers and hospitals to attest to their meaningful use of HIT and begin receiving payments.
Additional information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Programs can be found on the CMS website.
For the latest on the FIX-HIT Act that addresses the incentive payment reassignment issue, see Heather Foster’s April 4th blog post on Health Centers on the Hill. Also, check out NACHC’s one-pager on the bill and a recent policy report re: reassigning payments.
Let us know how the incentive programs are working in your state!