The Hospital & Health system Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) commended the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Tuesday for its administration of the Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program in the state.
The Department of Human Services, formerly known as the Department of Public Welfare, has given approximately $139 million in payments to eligible health care professionals for meeting meaningful use requirements as part of the federal EHR program. It has also given approximately $157.5 million in payments to eligible hospitals.
To receive an EHR incentive payment, providers must demonstrate they are “meaningfully using” certified EHR technology by meeting certain measurement thresholds including recording patient information as structured data and exchanging summary care records.
HAP advocates for nearly 240 health care providers in Pennsylvania. It reports that 75 percent of health care providers in the state that attested to meaningful use of EHR technology in 2012 attested to another year of meaningful use in 2014.
Of the providers who either adopted, implemented or upgraded their EHR technology in 2011 or 2012, 54 percent attested to meaningful use in 2014.