FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2013

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


KDHE issues $46.6M in first year of Medicaid EHR Program

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) paid eligible providers and hospitals a total of $46,614,849 during the first 12 months of the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. KDHE’s Division of Health Care Finance is responsible for issuing the payments through funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The joint federal-state program is part of Kansas’ ongoing Health Information Technology insertion.

Because the Kansas Medicaid program, KanCare, currently covers approximately 13 percent of the Kansas population, the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program plays a key role in supporting widespread HIT adoption in Kansas. KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D. said that, compared to paper records, EHRs improve the protection of patient information and enhance both the safety of the patient and the coordination of care when providers are able to access, more quickly, complete information about a patient’s health. “Electronic health records benefit everyone involved—the patient, the family and the provider—especially during times when every second counts,” he said.

Recipients of EHR incentive payments are categorized as either Eligible Hospitals (EHs) or Eligible Professionals (EPs). Today, March 22, marks one year since payments were first made to Kansas EHs and EPs. To date, 597 EPs have received a total of $23,783,513, while 52 EHs have received $22,831,335.

The program incentivizes EHs and EPs to adopt certified EHR technology and use it in a meaningful way. “Meaningful use,” as the EHR program has labeled it, is achieved by using electronic records in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity. In Kansas, EPs and EHs must meet at least one public health meaningful-use objective from the menu set of requirements. These include electronic submission of immunization data (Kansas Immunization Registry, KSWebIZ), syndromic surveillance data (BioSense 2.0), or reportable laboratory results (EpiTrax).

Payments continue to be made; therefore, EHs and EPs may still join the EHR incentive program. For more information on the Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, go to http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/hite/.

Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Program - Eligible Hospitals Receiving Payments, Totals as of March 22, 2013

 

Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments Issued to Date

 

# of Providers

Total Paid

Eligible Providers

597

$23,783,513.87

Eligible Hospitals

52

$22,831,335.33

TOTAL

649

$46,614,849.20