CMS releases stimulus funding to state Medicaid programs

Medicaid incentives payments for EHR use are one step closer to reality. On September 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to state Medicaid directors announcing that: The CMS will reimburse states for payments they make to health care providers under the federal health IT stimulus program. State Medicaid agencies can immediately apply for 90 percent in federal matching funds to cover the planning that will be required to launch health IT incentive payment systems. The letter is the first formal direction CMS has provided state Medicaid agencies about how to manage the millions of dollars in incentive payments that will flow to health care practices under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). As most physicians know by now, the ARRA provides incentives payments for physicians who can demonstrate “meaningful use” of an electronic health record by 2011. There are two incentive programs: one for Medicare providers and one for Medicaid providers. If you provide both Medicare and Medicaid services, you must choose one of the incentive programs based on your qualifications and the benefits provided. Please contact us with any questions or for more information. We can help you find an EHR solution that provides the tools necessary to help you achieve the requirements of the ARRA. Related article: The letter to state Medicaid directors

Medicaid incentives payments for EHR use are one step closer to reality.

On September 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to state Medicaid directors announcing that:

  • The CMS will reimburse states for payments they make to health care providers under the federal health IT stimulus program.
  • State Medicaid agencies can immediately apply for 90 percent in federal matching funds to cover the planning that will be required to launch health IT incentive payment systems.

The letter is the first formal direction CMS has provided state Medicaid agencies about how to manage the millions of dollars in incentive payments that will flow to health care practices under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

As most physicians know by now, the ARRA provides incentives payments for physicians who can demonstrate “meaningful use” of an electronic health record by 2011.

There are two incentive programs: one for Medicare providers and one for Medicaid providers. If you provide both Medicare and Medicaid services, you must choose one of the incentive programs based on your qualifications and the benefits provided.

Please contact us with any questions or for more information. We can help you find an EHR solution that provides the tools necessary to help you achieve the requirements of the ARRA.

Related article:

The letter to state Medicaid directors

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