iHealthBeat has reported that Kentucky and Oklahoma have become the first states to issue Medicaid incentive payments to health care providers who have demonstrated meaningful use of certified electronic health records. Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) will qualify for incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid.
In Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Healthcare received $2.8 million and Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington received $1.3 million under the Medicaid incentive program. The two hospitals were the first in the country to receive checks under the stimulus package. Twenty-five additional health care providers in Kentucky have started the application process. In Oklahoma, two physicians at the Gastorf Family Clinic in Durant each received $21,250 under the Medicaid EHR incentive program. Iowa and Louisiana are expected to become the next states to administer Medicaid incentive payments for the meaningful use of EHRs.Back to news