For Immediate Release
April 23, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Issues $18.3M for Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

Next HIT/HIE Webinar Scheduled for May 4

TOPEKA, Kan. – Last week the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) made the final set of Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive payments for the 2011 payment year to two eligible hospitals and 269 eligible professionals. They received a collective amount of $7,692,842.

The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program offers payments to participating eligible hospitals, eligible providers and critical access hospitals. KDHE’s Division of Health Care Finance is responsible for issuing these payments through funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Eligible hospitals and eligible professionals can continue to verify implementation or upgrade for payment year 2012.

Kansas’ first set of payments to 23 eligible hospitals and 10 professionals were made on March 22 and totaled $10.4 million. Last week’s payment brings the EHR Incentive total to $18,338.525.

With anticipated KDHE software updates, eligible hospitals will be able to complete attestation for meaningful use on April 30. Simply put, “meaningful use” means providers need to show they’re using certified EHR technology, such as the Kansas Immunization Registry (KSWebIZ), in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity. Eligible professionals will be able to complete attestation for meaningful use beginning late June.

Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments – Payments Issued To-Date:

Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments – Payments Issued to Date

 

# of Providers

Total Paid

Eligible Providers

279

$5,879,169

Eligible Hospitals

25

$12,459,356

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

$18,338,525

The next Health Information Technology/Health Information Exchange (HIT/HIE) Initiative Webinar is scheduled for Friday, May 4 from Noon to 1 p.m.  The webinar is titled: Eligible Hospitals – Meaningful Use Attestation Overview. The invitation for the webinar can be viewed at http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/hite/download/EHs_EHR_MU-MAPIR_Invitation.pdf. The purpose of this webinar is to provide hospitals and medical professionals with background information on Meaningful Use, to present information on using the MAPIR system for Meaningful Use attestation for the Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and to provide general information on technical assistance, resources and next steps.

For more information on the Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments go to http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/hite/default.htm.