ARRA/HITECH

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) authorizes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a reimbursement incentive for physician and hospital providers who are successful in becoming “meaningful users” of an electronic health record (EHR) system. These incentive payments begin in 2011 and gradually phase down. Starting in 2015, providers are expected to have adopted and be actively utilizing an EHR in compliance with the “meaningful use” definition or they will be subject to financial penalties under Medicare.

MD Solutions is ready to help you navigate the coming months with regard to:

  • Helping your practice optimally leverage available incentives
  • Ensuring you’re prepared for 2015 regulatory requirements—in a practical manner that reflects your practice’s unique realities

Please contact us to discuss how your practice may benefit from current ARRA or HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) incentives.

Criteria for Qualifying for an Incentive (from www.cms.hhs.gov)

The qualification criteria for incentives (i.e., meeting specified HIT standards, policies, implementation specifications, timeframes, and certification requirements) are still in development, and will be defined through regulation and additional guidance materials. However, CMS generally expects that under Medicare, “meaningful EHR users” would demonstrate each of the following: meaningful use of a certified EHR, the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care, and reporting on clinical quality and other measures using certified EHR technology. Medicaid programs will determine their own requirements in line with the Medicaid-related provisions of the Recovery Act. Funds will be distributed through Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to EPs and hospitals who are “meaningful EHR users.” CMS intends to publish a proposed rule in late 2009 to propose a definition of meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology and establish criteria for the incentives programs. CMS is working extensively with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to identify the proposed criteria.

For additional information about ARRA and HITECH, visit: www.cms.hhs.gov/Recovery/

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