Missouri Health Professionals & Hospitals Receive $79 Million in EHR Incentive Payments
MO HIT Assistance Center Helps Providers Qualify for Meaningful Use and EHR Incentives
Columbia, MO—As part of a nationwide transformation to an electronically enabled health care system, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program has issued millions in incentive payments to eligible health care providers, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These clinicians are working to improve patient care through meaningful use of EHRs.
As of January 2012, Missouri has issued nearly $32 million in its Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and over $47 million in its Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Across the country, a total of over $3.1 billion has been awarded to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals in the EHR Incentive Programs.
Since February 2010, more than 135,000 providers nationwide have enrolled with Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to receive support with EHR implementation and understand the process to qualify for these incentives. Over 1,400 of those providers practice in Missouri and receive support from the Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center.
“These EHR incentive payments to Missouri providers and hospitals speak volumes in the Show-Me state, said Lanis Hicks, principal investigator, Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center. The payments indicate the incredible level of commitment on the part of health care providers in our state to improve communication and deliver the safest and highest quality health care to their patients. It also shows Missouri providers are successful in taking on this tough challenge, and we are extremely proud to be able to support these providers as they realize their EHR goal.”
Under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, eligible providers can receive incentive payments in their first year of participation by successfully registering through CMS’ web-based registration system and then demonstrating to their state that they are eligible and have adopted, implemented, or upgraded certified EHR technology. Medicaid EPs and eligible hospitals do not need to attest to meeting meaningful use criteria in the first year. However, they will have to demonstrate meaningful use in subsequent years.
Under the Medicare EHR incentive program, eligible professionals can receive as much as $44,000 over a consecutive five-year period. Under the Medicaid incentive program, eligible professionals can receive as much as $63,750 over six years. Under both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals can receive millions of dollars for implementing and meaningfully using certified EHR technology.
For information on the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs, EHR adoption, or how the MO HIT Assistance Center helps health care providers adopt and achieve meaningful use of certified EHRs, please visit the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Web site http://www.EHRhelp.missouri.edu, E-mail us EHRhelp@missouri.edu, or call us toll-free 1-877-882-9933.