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Alaska Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
December 1, 2010

Want to Receive Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Payments?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that provides incentive payments to Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs that adopt and meaningfully use certified EHR technology. The ARRA makes provisions for States to implement and manage the Medicaid EHR incentive program. Alaska is participating in the program and will make incentive payments to EPs and EHs who adopt, implement, upgrade, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology.

Did you know?

  • In 2011 providers will be able to enroll in the Medicaid EHR incentive program
  • Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) will be required to register in the CMS National Level Repository (NLR) and the Alaska State Level Registry (SLR). Look for updates at http://ak.arraincentive.com/
  • The EHR incentive program is a federally funded program, you can find more information at https://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/
  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued rules defining certified EHR systems and has identified entities that may certify systems. The certified HIT product list is available at www.healthit.hhs.gov

Alaska Medical Assistance will manage the program and will issue the incentive payments. More information can be found on the EHR section of Health Information Technologies.

 

Who is Eligible?

Eligible Professionals (EPs)

  1. Are you are Medicaid enrolled provider?
  2. Have you adopted, implemented, or upgraded to a certified EHR?
  3. Are you a physician, advanced nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, dentist, or a physician assistant *** with a 30% Medicaid patient volume?

(***PA’s are only eligible if they are practicing  in a Federally Qualified Health Center or a Rural Health Clinic that is led by a PA)

If you answered yes to questions1-3, you may be eligible to receive up to $63,750 over 6 years.

Your assistance is requested to help us determine how many EPs may qualify for the EHR Incentive program. If you have not already submitted your EHR survey, please go to the online survey and complete.

Eligible Hospitals (EHs)

  1. Are you are Medicaid enrolled hospital?
  2. Have you adopted, implemented, or upgraded to a certified EHR?
  3. Are you an acute care hospital (critical access hospitals are included), with a 10% Medicaid patient volume for inpatient hospital and emergency room discharges?

If you answered yes to questions 1-3 you may be eligible to receive a hospital payment based on a number of factors, beginning with a $2 million base payment

Your assistance is requested to help us determine how many EHs may qualify for the EHR Incentive program. If you have not already submitted your EHR survey, please go to the online survey and complete.


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