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    Background/Summary of the MA HIT EHR Program

    The Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Payment Program is a federal program that provides funding to states to develop and administer provider electronic incentive programs.  States receive 90/10 percent match for program administration expenses and 100 percent match for provider incentive payments.  The program's intent is to encourage provider adoption, implementation and meaningful use of electronic health records.  Professionals could be eligible to receive payments up to $63,750 (and $42,500 for Pediatricians) over a six year period, and eligible hospitals may obtain additional information about Eligible Hospital Payments from the CMS Medicaid Hospital Incentive Payments Calculations information sheet located here.

    Pennsylvania’s State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan describes the administrative process and vision for the next five years relative to implementing the Medicaid provisions contained in Section 4201 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The Department of Public Welfare, in partnership with other agencies, is leading the development of the State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan and the implementation of health information technology.

    Here are some helpful links:

    State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan, also known as SMHP — This document defines the department’s approach to administering the Medical Assistance Electronic Health Records Incentive program. — This link will provide more details on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is the Act funding the program.   

    Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, also known as CMS — This website provides an abundance of information about the incentive program, including eligibility, patient volume calculation, registration and much more.

    Office of the National Coordinator — This office is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. A list of certified Electronic Health Records systems can be found at this website.

    Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange — This link provides more details about a program that has a goal to create a secure statewide network for sharing electronic health information for Pennsylvania’s health care providers and patients.