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Eleven States Are Ready to Start Cutting Meaningful Use Incentive Checks for Medicaid: Have you Registered Yet?

January 7, 2011

It’s official!

Two states have already paid out incentive checks just 2 days after registration for the ARRA HITECH Medicare and Medicaid programs started! 2011 is the easiest year to demonstrate meaningful use because Medicaid’s initial criteria for it is very minimal; all an organization must demonstrate is that it is using or adopting an ONC-ATB certified EHR.

Therefore, if your practice is located in the following 11 states and you have registered, you can expect to begin receiving Medicaid incentive payments in January!

  • Alaska
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Three more states are also slated to begin accepting Medicaid ARRA registration in February:

  • California
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota

Keep your eye on this blog, because we’ll keep our eyes out on which states will start in the spring and summer!

Before I forget! If you’re wondering who got paid…

1st Hospital: University of Kentucky Healthcare – $2.86 million (This is 1/3 of the total meaningful use payments it expects to receive from Medicaid over the term of the program)

1st Practice: 2 Providers at Gastorf Family Clinic in Durant, OK, each received their first-year checks of $21,250 each! (BTW, that’s only 1/3 of what they could potentially receive as well– the maximum for the entire program is almost $64,000 per provider!)

So…what are you waiting for?? This isn’t a lottery! Everybody who is eligible wins!

For more information and to register, visit cms.gov/ehrincentiveprograms.

Want to pocket almost $19,000 of that first-year bonus money??  Register to see a demo of DrFirst’s affordable ONC-ATB certified Meaningful Use solution ASAP!

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Irene Froehlich

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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