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What is the Incentive Program?
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. By putting into action and meaningfully using an EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond financial incentives–such as reduction in errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation. The incentive payments will be provided to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
What is "Meaningful Use"?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specify three main components of Meaningful Use:
- The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
- The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
- The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.
Simply put, "meaningful use" means providers need to show they're using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.
For more information and resources on the incentive program and meaningful use and criteria and more, check out the links below.
Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program
(Oregon Site) DMAP is now operating Oregon's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, and OHIT oversees the grant, IT development and policy analysis. The provider types who are eligible: hospitals, physicians (MD, DO), dentists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants (in certain circumstances).
CMS's Medicare EHR Incentive Program
: The Medicare EHR Incentive Program is administered through CMS and has a different set of provider types who can apply. Their list includes doctor of medicine or osteopathy, doctor of oral surgery or dental medicine, doctor of podiatric medicine, doctor of optometry, and chiropractor.
Oregon Health Network
Learn more about how to connect to Oregon's first only statewide healthcare network to address your quality and security health IT/networking needs, and the means to support the coordination, and meaningful use and exchange of electronic/patient health records with OHN's 240+ provider members. Please contact us with further questions and for additional information.