First 6 Months of Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments Total $25M

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TOPEKA, Kan. – During the first six months of the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) paid $25,190,638 to what the program calls Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Eligible Professionals (EPs). Payments were made between March and September.

KDHE’s Division of Health Care Finance is responsible for issuing these payments through funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The program is part of Kansas’ ongoing Health Information Technology insertion.

Because the Kansas Medicaid program currently covers 13.8 percent of the Kansas population, the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program plays a key role in supporting widespread HIT adoption in Kansas.

“The Kansas providers and hospitals bringing on Health IT through this Medicaid EHR program are supporting the broader network of electronic medical records in our state. Compared to paper records, EHRs improve the protection of patient information and enhance the coordination of care as providers are able to access, more quickly, complete information about a patient’s health,” said KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D. “EHRs benefit everyone involved—the patient, the family and the provider, especially during times when every second counts.”

Under this program, KDHE pays participating EHs and EPs that adopt certified EHR technology and use it in a meaningful way. “Meaningful use” is achieved by using the electronic records in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity. In Kansas, EPs and EHs must meet at least one public health meaningful-use objective from the menu set of requirements. These include electronic submission of immunization data (Kansas Immunization Registry, KSWebIZ), syndromic surveillance data (BioSense 2.0), or reportable laboratory results (EpiTrax).

Kansas’ first set of payments was issued March 22, with the latest payment being made on Sept. 27. Payments continue to be made; therefore, EHs and EPs may still join the EHR incentive program. For more information on the Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, go to http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/hite/.

 

Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments Issued to Date:

 

Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments – Payments Issued to Date

 

# of Providers

Total Paid

Eligible Providers

463

$9,743,836

Eligible Hospitals

31

$15,446,802

TOTAL

495

$25,190,638

 

 


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