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Oregon Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Get informed about EHR incentive payments

Soon federal funds will be available to many of Oregon’s health care providers who serve Medicaid patients and who invest in electronic health records systems (EHRs). This is a unique opportunity to improve and organize your medical practice, with the support of federal stimulus funding.

Because the rules and timelines for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs are different, it’s important to learn the basics. Here are the main things you need to know, with links to more information online:

How are nurses eligible for incentive payments?

Nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwives are eligible for payments from the Medicaid program, but not the Medicare program. To qualify you must:

  • Have a minimum 30% Medicaid patient volume or
  • Practice predominantly in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Center and have a minimum 30% patient volume attributable to needy individuals

Use this easy online tool to determine your eligibility.

When does the Medicaid incentive program start?

The Oregon Health Authority is expecting to launch incentive payments for the Medicaid program later this year.

How much are the incentive payments?

Oregon’s providers eligible for Oregon’s Medicaid incentive program could receive up to $63,750. For more information about the incentives, visit the CMS incentive program website.

Why should I get an EHR?

Electronic health records improve the quality of care you can provide to patients by providing immediate access to your patients’ treatment and medication histories, reducing harmful negative drug or treatment interactions. Electronic health records also help reduce unnecessary, invasive or redundant tests, increasing your patients’ comfort and reducing costs. Offering incentives to health care providers is an essential step in developing a statewide health information exchange, part of Oregon’s Action Plan for Health.

Where can I get more information?

CMS also provides information on registration, meaningful use and other program details.

Choosing and Using an EHR

If you have questions about meeting meaningful use requirements, beginning with the selection of a certified electronic health record system or the assessment of whether your current system needs to be upgraded, you should contact O-HITEC, Oregon’s federally funded Regional Extension Center by visiting www.o-hitec.org.
 

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