EHR Incentive Program


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EHR Incentive Program

An undertaking of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that reimburses eligible professionals and hospitals for adopting or upgrading to a certified electronic health record (EHR) system. Under Medicare, eligible professionals include physicians, dental surgeons and chiropractors; Medicaid also includes nurses, midwives, dentists and physician assistants and excludes doctors of podiatry and optometry. Various reporting, registration and attestation dates were scheduled at different times beginning October 2010 and ending February 2012.

Medicare vs. Medicaid
The Program treats Medicare and Medicaid providers differently with regard to payment amounts. In addition, by 2015, Medicare providers who do not show meaningful use of their systems will receive adjustments in their Medicare reimbursements. However, there are no adjustments for Medicaid providers. For more information, visit www.cms.gov/EHRincentiveprograms.

Medicare Enrollment in PECOS
In order to obtain payments, Medicare providers must be enrolled in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (see PECOS). See meaningful use, EHR and healthcare IT.
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Further, we evaluated the first 18 months of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Hence, as providers become savvier at using EHR and MU requirements increase over time, it is plausible that performance in post-acute care may improve.
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs offer financial payments to healthcare providers who can demonstrate they are making "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology by meeting certain objectives ranging from recording patient information as structured data to exchanging summary care records with other providers.
Who is an EP under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program?
Then, another question arose--would the Medicaid patient populations seen by Youth Villages eligible providers meet the minimum threshold for participation in the Medicaid EHR incentive program? According to Johnson, many ofYouth Villages patients are funded with non-Medicaid state dollars, so meeting the threshold level seemed like it could be "a reach."
* Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over five years under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program There's an additional incentive for eligible professionals who provide services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HSPA).
The electronic prescribing certification and testing services let EHR vendors test and certify for two of the EHR functions or "modules" (e-prescribing and security/privacy) that providers must use to qualify for incentives this year and in 2012 or in "stage 1" of the EHR incentive program.
* Learn about Medicaid patient volume requirements, payment amounts, and the timeframes for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
Allscripts Sunrise is the industrys first hospitals and health systems EHR certified to enable clinicians to meet both inpatient and ambulatory requirements of the EHR incentive program as well as the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
Physicians who already participate in the EHR incentive program for meaningful use will have to demonstrate they are meaningful users for only 90 days in 2016 and 2017.
The new Quality Payment Program will replace both PQRS and the Value Modifier program, as well as the separate payment adjustments under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. The streamlined program will have reduced quality reporting requirements and a flexible design that allows eligible clinicians to pick the pace of participation during the first year, according to CMS.
Emphasizing goals of interoperability, information exchange, patient engagement, and data security, CMS proposes to eliminate the "all or nothing" nature of the existing EHR incentive program and reduce the number of required quality reporting measures from 16 to 11.
Their essay is a response to the efficacy of the federal Meaningful Use program, a multibillion-dollar EHR incentive program managed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.