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The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
amends Title XXX of the Public Health Service Act by adding a number of funding
opportunities to advance health information technology using certified electronic
health records and other technology and connectivity required to meaningfully use
and exchange electronic health information.
Note: Information provided in PDF files.
Under HITECH, eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare
and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use
it to achieve specified objectives.
Two regulations have been released, one of which defines the “meaningful use” objectives
that providers must meet to qualify for the bonus payments, and the other which
identifies the technical capabilities required for certified EHR technology.
For the first year of Medicaid payment, providers need only attest to having adopted,
implemented or upgraded certified EHR technology.
More information on AHCCCS EHR Payment is available here:
EHR Program Information
Payments are made once a month to hospitals that have successfully attested.