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Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: February 9, 2010
CMS Awards $17 Million To State Medicaid Programs For EHR Incentive Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded more than $17 million in federal matching funds to eight state Medicaid programs to begin a health information technology (HIT) incentive program.

The grant will cover planning activities to implement an electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, such as: conducting a comprehensive analysis to determine the current status of HIT in the state; and gathering information on issues, like existing barriers, provider eligibility for EHR incentive payments and creating the State Medicaid HIT Plan, CMS said.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided a 90 percent federal match for states to create an EHR incentive payment program, "to ensure their proper payments through audits and to participate in statewide efforts to promote interoprerability and meaningful use of EHR technology statewide and eventually across the nation," CMS said.

States receiving the federal matching funds are:

    New York – $5.91 million

    Texas – $3.86 million

    Georgia – $3.17 million

    California – $2.48 million

    Iowa – $1.16 million

    Montana – $239,000

    U.S. Virgin Islands – $232,000

    Idaho – $142,000

Address: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21244; (877) 267-2323, www.cms.gov.


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