Utah has membership in the Medicaid HIT program (Health Information Technology) to encourage the use of advanced IT in the hospitals and clinics in the name of Utah EHR incentive program. Both CMS and the Office of the national coordinator for the health insurance support this program according to the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”.
The departments for the Medicaid financing in the state department of health, upon approval from CMS with regards to the State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan, started providing incentives to those Health care providers who demonstrate the best practices of the EHR usage which comply with the certification standards.
Any health care provider, who is eligible, may apply for the EHR health incentive program. The only restriction is that he must be a part of a clinic but not a Hospital and also the clinic must be a Federally Qualified Clinic. Even a group of health care providers working as a unit may also apply for it. The definition for a hospital practitioner is “a person who serves in a hospital inpatient setting for more than 90% of the time”.
The number of patients treated also counts for a practitioner particularly the numbers of people treated with a Medicaid eligibility or else of those who can’t afford. The patient’s inflow must be such that the Medicaid patients treated account to 30% of the total patients in a span of 90 days in the calendar year that passed. (The same is about 20% in case of a Pediatrician).
If the health care providers apply in a group, they need to give a collective information of the group. If at least one member of the group does not wish to do so, the remaining providers can’t use the group volume.
The EHR technology must be certified and a CHPL certification number to apply for the benefits. To start receiving the benefits after a brief period of probation, you need to submit an application to the CMS. For more details on the EHR program you may visit the following site EHR Incentive Programs