Four more states launched Medicaid electronic health-record incentive programs for providers this month. A total of 21 states have launched such payment programs since the beginning of the year.
Medicaid EHR incentive programs launched
Eligible clinicians and hospitals that treat Medicaid patients in Arizona, Connecticut, Rhode Island and West Virginia may begin registering and receiving incentive payments from their state Medicaid administrators if they meet the program's requirements, according to the CMS. The incentive program—created by the 2009 stimulus law—leaves states to administer their Medicaid incentive program, while the CMS manages the Medicare payment program. Unlike the Medicare program, the state-run Medicaid EHR programs include some variations in requirements and processes for providers.
Clinicians can receive a maximum of $63,750 over six years under the Medicaid EHR program if they begin participating by 2016. The Medicaid electronic record program does not include penalties for nonparticipation. Medicare providers will face penalties for nonparticipation beginning in 2015.
Fourteen of the 21 states that have launched such payment programs have begun issuing payments to providers, according to the CMS.
Most other states plan to launch their own Medicaid EHR payment programs this year or in 2012, but the CMS lists the timeframe for the beginning of payment programs in eight other states as “unknown.”
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