EHR "Meaningful Use" Incentives

 

EHR INCENTIVES

 

 

Department of Health and Human Services as authorized and empowered by the HITECH Act can pay incentives through MEDICARE and MEDICAID programs to certain qualifying providers (both professionals and facilities).

 

 

As much as $27 billion to be expended in incentive payments over ten years.
Eligible professionals may receive as much as $44,000 under Medicare and $63,750 under Medicaid
Hospitals may receive millions of dollars for implementation and meaningful use of certified EHRs under both Medicare and Medicaid.

 

 

 

MEDICARE INCENTIVES PROGRAM

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

  • Participation can begin as early as 2011.

  • Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over five years under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. There’s an additional incentive for eligible professionals who provide services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HSPA).

  • To get the maximum incentive payment, Medicare eligible professionals must begin participation by 2012.

  • Incentive payments for eligible hospitals and CAHs may begin as early as 2011 and are based on a number of factors, beginning with a $2 million base payment.

  • Important! For 2015 and later, Medicare eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use will have a payment adjustment in their Medicare reimbursement.

MEDICAID INCENTIVES PROGRAM

The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology in their first year of participation and demonstrate meaningful use for up to five remaining participation years.

  • The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is voluntarily offered by individual states and territories and for Texas it began as early as 2011.

  • Eligible professionals can receive up to $63,750 over the six years that they choose to participate in the program.

  • Eligible hospital incentive payments may begin as early as 2011, depending on when the state begins its program. The last year a Medicaid eligible hospital may begin the program is 2016. Hospital payments are based on a number of factors, beginning with a $2 million base payment.

  • There are no payment adjustments under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

GETTING THE MONEY FROM EHR INCENTIVES:

As providers, you need to know four fundamental basics for you to make sure that you can receive the EHR Incentives under the HITECH Act. The following four questions try to outline these fundamentals in the form of a question-answer session:

  1. Are you eligible for the benefits under EHR Incentives?

  2. Do you use an EMR certified by DHHS for this purpose?

  3. Do you meet the "meaningful use criteria"?

  4. Have you attested to "Meaningful Use" to CMS?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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