Posted on April 11, 2011 by Thomas S. Keefe, MA, FHIMSS
These are exciting and challenging times for the state Medicaid programs.
One of the most thrilling events has been the introduction of a program that will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. States may voluntarily offer the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to their Medicaid eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and many have started to do so.
Since Jan. 3, states have been registering and receiving certification to qualify for EHR incentive payments under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
On Feb. 21, during HIMSS11 in Orlando Fla., I attended an education session on “The Status of the State Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.” Jessica Kahn moderated the session; she is a Technical Director for Health IT, at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Participating on the panel were:
Kahn shared with the audience that CMS regarded the launch of these states’ EHR incentive programs, with simultaneous registration and payment in early January, as a tremendous success. During their presentations, both Calabro and Kapoor agreed with her assessment.