Texas Physicians Get EHR Incentive Checks

Denise Casper, DO, of Bridgeport, is one of many Texas physicians to receive an incentive payment through the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. Dr. Casper implemented a certified EHR system in her practice and attested to 90 days of meaningful use to receive the first-year payment of $18,000.

Denise CasparTo date, physicians and other health care professionals in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs received more than $83 million in payments.

"The quick release of EHR incentive dollars is a clear message to physicians that these programs are not just bureaucratic talk from Washington. There is real money flowing to deserving physicians," said Matt Murray, MD, chair of the North Texas Regional Extension Center and vice Chair of TMA's ad hoc Committee on Health Information Technology. 

Eligible physicians who reach "meaningful use" of a certified EHR can receive up to $63,750 in incentives from Medicaid or $44,000 from Medicare through the 2009 federal stimulus package. Visit TMA's Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program instruction pages for more detailed information.

Nationally, more than 60,000 physicians and other providers have signed up to receive services from the regional extension centers (RECs). Four Texas RECs, each equipped with teams of experts, are ready to provide on-site consultation to help your practice reach the meaningful use criteria and earn incentive dollars. Federal subsidies lower the cost of consulting, valued at $5,000, to $300 for primary care physicians.

To learn more about available services, program eligibility, and federal incentive guidelines, visit the Texas Regional Extension Center Resource Center on the TMA website, call the TMA Health Information Technology Helpline at (800) 880-5720, or email hit@texmed.org.  

Action, July 19, 2011