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Marilyn Tavenner

Tavenner, Mostashari tout states' EHR work

By Joseph Conn
Posted: March 26, 2012 - 12:45 pm ET

States, too, have entered the goal-setting game for electronic health-record system adoption and meaningful use, according to the latest missive from Marilyn Tavenner, acting CMS administrator, and Dr. Farzad Mostashari, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

In a joint statement on the CMS' blog, Tavenner and Mostashari note that Ohio has set a goal of having 10,000 providers receiving either Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive payments by year's end. If achieved, it would mean that 40% of all eligible providers and hospitals in the state will have received payments through the programs, which were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The federal goal, as Mostahsari has previously stated, is to have 100,000 healthcare providers paid under the two programs this year. To date, 43 states have their Medicaid EHR incentive programs up and running, and 41 are disbursing payments.

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Washington also is aiming to have 40%, or 7,000, of the state's providers and hospitals receive payments by the end of 2012, Tavenner and Mostashari wrote. California's target is 10,000 eligible providers receiving Medicaid payments and $500 million in incentive payments issued by June. New York seeks to have 6,000 eligible providers paid in 2012.

As of February, more than 59,000 eligible professionals and more than 2,000 hospitals have been paid EHR incentives by either Medicare or Medicaid.

"Thanks to the invaluable work of health IT coordinators, Medicaid programs, health IT regional extension centers (RECs), leading hospitals, public health departments and other stakeholders, CMS and ONC made significant progress in getting providers to adopt and use EHRs during 2011," Tavenner and Mostashari wrote. "There's every reason to expect that together we can increase these numbers greatly this year to reach our target of 100,000 providers."

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