Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Exchange (HIE)
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.
Background Legislation and Regulations
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 more information pertaining to the rulemaking for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, please visit the CMS page on EHR Incentive Program Regulations and Notices.
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:
Payments are made once a month to hospitals that have successfully attested.