What is the EHR Incentive Program?
This program is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) HITECH law. It provides incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
In February 2009, as part of the ARRA federal stimulus package, Congress enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH"). The legislation included a number of provisions designed to encourage the adoption and use of health information technology including electronic health records (EHRs) and the development of a health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure.
DHCFP started the planning process for development of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for eligible Nevada health care providers with the submission of a HIT Planning Advanced Planning Document (PAPD) in January 2010.
The next step in the planning process was to obtain feedback from health care providers within the State about current uses of health information technology (HIT). The E-Health Study report detailing the results of this effort was finalized in August 2010 and provides a baseline of overall statewide readiness for HIT in Nevada’s health care community.
Planning efforts continued with the development of the State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan (SMHP). The SMHP, along with an Implementation Advanced Planning Document (IAPD), outlines DHCFP’s plans to administer the incentive payments and were approved by CMS in July 2011.