States Receive Funding for EHR Incentives
To promote health information technology (HIT) infrastructure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Dec. 9 several states that will receive federal matching funds for planning activities necessary to implement the electronic health records (EHR) incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).
The Recovery Act provides 90-percent federal matching dollars for state planning activities to administer incentive payments to Medicaid providers, to ensure their proper payments through audits, and to participate in statewide efforts to promote interoperability and meaningful use of EHR.
Several states have already received word on the amount of funding they will receive. The states and funding dollar amounts are as follows:
|U.S. Virgin Islands||$232,000|
|New York||$5.9 million|
CMS posted news of these federal matching funds to states on its Press Releases Web site.