In February 2009, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” was signed into law. Under this Act, the government is helping qualifying providers who participate in Medicaid and Medicare programs with the cost of becoming “meaningful users of electronic health records.”
Maryland is expecting to be ready, in October of 2011, to accept registration for the Maryland Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
The basic requirements for providers to participate in the incentive program and receive payments for the first year includes:
- Be either a physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or a physician assistant (in certain settings or situations);
- Have at least 30 percent of patients (20 percent for pediatricians) receiving Medicaid;
- Be a non-hospital based provider (a provider is considered hospital-based if 90% or more of his or her services are performed in a hospital inpatient (Place Of Service code 21) or emergency room (Place Of Service code 23 setting); and
- Have adopted, implemented, or upgraded certified EHR technology
Maryland will pay providers via check or electronic funds transfers (ETF) who:
- attest to successfully adopting, implement, or upgrading certified EHR technology in Year 1
- fulfill Meaningful Use requirements in the remaining years of the program
- are enrolled Fee For Service (FFS) Medicaid providers in good standing with the state
- have a designated Tax Identification Number (TIN) to which incentive payments will be paid
Since the registration process has not yet begun, Providers can view additional information as it pertains to the Medicaid EHR Incentive program.
Providers can also e-mail [email protected] with additional questions regarding the Maryland Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.