Texas Tops in EHR Incentive Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says Texas leads the country in combined Medicare and Medicaid payments for adopting, implementing, upgrading, or demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). At the end of May, 7,119 physicians and other health care professionals and 321 hospitals had received more than $505 million.

Nationally, more than 100,000 physicians and other eligible health care professionals and 2,400 eligible hospitals have received more than $3 billion in Medicare EHR incentive payments and more than $2.6 billion in Medicaid incentive payments. The Office of the National Coordinator says the goal of getting 100,000 health care professionals to adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs by the end of 2012 has been achieved.

The Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs provide incentive payments for the adoption, implementation, and meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Both programs began in 2011, with the Medicare program continuing through 2016 and the Medicaid program through 2021.

TMA's Texas Regional Extension Center Resource Center offers information you need regarding services the regional extension centers (RECs) provide. The federal government established 62 RECs nationwide with four right here in Texas to give physicians in-depth assistance in selection, implementation, and meaningful use of an EHR. This helps to ensure eligible physicians meet the requirements to earn the EHR incentives. Visit the resource center for details on location, eligibility, and contact information.

If you have questions about these health information technology (HIT) tools and resources, or if you need additional help, contact the TMA HIT Helpline at (800) 880-5720 or email HIT

Action, July 17, 2012