Reporting year ends for Medicaid EHR incentive program. Register by Feb. 29, 2013 to claim your incentive payment.


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Topic Reporting year ends for Medicaid EHR incentive program. Register by Feb. 29, 2013 to claim your incentive payment.
Background Federal officials report that the CMS has paid $30 million to Texas physicians in 2011 as part of its electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. If you treat Medicaid patients and use a certified EHR in a “meaningful” way, you too can earn thousands of dollars in incentives over the next few years. To qualify for the incentive during the first year (2012), Medicaid simply requires physicians to register and adopt, implement, or upgrade to a certified EHR. For year two, physicians must meet meaningful-use criteria for 90 days. A full calendar year of compliance is required for years three through six. Also note that unlike physicians in the Medicare program, those in the federal Medicaid EHR incentive program still may apply for e-prescribing incentives, if eligible.
Regulating Body Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Compliance Date 12/31/2012
Consequences Participants must have a minimum 30-percent Medicaid patient volume to qualify for up to $63,750 over a six-year period, though pediatricians can earn up to $42,500 with a 20-percent Medicaid patient load.
Next Steps 1) Select and adopt a certified EHR. Texas regional extension centers will work with you to fully realize the benefits of EHRs. As part of a federal grant, the annual subscription fee for primary care physicians is only $300. Visit www.texmed.org/rec to learn more. 2) Participants must successfully demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR. Visit www.texmed.org/stimulus for in-depth and summary versions of the criteria.
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