Resources - Medicaid Incentives

FAQ’s for Medicaid Incentives and EHR / EMR Healthcare Stimulus

The HITECH Act specifies that physicians can qualify for $44,000 or more in economic stimulus incentives for adopting an EHR. What does this exactly mean? Does your practice qualify for Medicaid Incentives?

Are HITECH incentives per physician or per office?

HITECH incentives are paid on a per provider basis. For example, a practice with two physicians and a nurse practitioner using an EHR could qualify for $132,000 in Medicare incentives.

What types of health care providers can qualify for HITECH incentives?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 details that the following all qualify for HITECH Medicaid Incentives:
  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Nursing facilities
  • Home health entities
  • Long term care facilities
  • Health care clinics
  • Community mental health centers
  • Renal dialysis facilities
  • Blood centers
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Emergency medical service providers
  • Federally qualified health centers (FQHC)
  • Group practices
  • Pharmacists
  • Laboratories
  • Physicians (See below)
  • Practitioners (See below)
  • Indian Health Service providers
  • Rural health clinics
  • Therapists

What types of physicians and medical practitioners qualify for HITECH Medicaid incentives?

The following types of practices can all qualify for $44,000 or more in HITECH for Medicaid Incentives stimulus money according to the definitions in the Social Security Act, section 1861(r):
  • Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy – M.D. or D.O.
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery or Medicine – D.D.S or D.D.M
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – D.P.M.
  • Doctor of Optometry – O.D.
  • Chiropractor – D.C.
  • A physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist
  • A certified registered nurse anesthetist
  • A certified nurse-midwife
  • A clinical social worker
  • A clinical psychologist
  • A registered dietitian or nutrition professional

What types of medical practices do not qualify for HITECH for Medicaid Incentives?

  • Free clinics that don’t bill Medicare or Medicaid
  • Physical therapists
  • Hospital-based physicians such as pathologists, anesthesiologists or emergency physicians
  • Acupuncturists and other holistic providers
  • Any practice not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid payments