EHR Incentive Funds Registration Launches in 11 States
Registration began a little more than two weeks ago for hospitals and medical providers in 11 states to qualify to land some $20 billion in stimulus funds, available under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), for adopting and implementing electronic health record (EHR) technology.
States opening registration on January 3, 2011 include Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. A second group, which includes California, Missouri, and North Dakota, will begin registration in February, 2011 with additional states beginning later in the spring and summer. By the end of the summer, all states will have been permitted to register.
Under the Health and Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments will be granted to eligible providers that meet the EHR "meaningful use" requirements by certain deadlines.
Registering hospitals and medical professionals must attest in a 90-day reporting period to meaningful use of the technology to receive incentive funds as early as May, 2011. In some cases, early reporting could yield incentive funds to qualified applicants by later this month or next.
The Healthcare Group at Computer Science Corp. (CSC), a Falls Church, VA provider of IT solutions and services that earlier this year launched an online community related to meaningful use which currently lists some 1,300 members, including 200 hospitals, recently observed some trends in EHR implementation and meaningful use documentation.
Accordingly, David Lewis, a CSC principal, offered a list of the top 10 reasons why EHR implementations are succeeding, based on the company's experience with clients. Lewis posted the list online at CSC's meaningful use community.