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Electronic Health Records: Number and Characteristics of Providers Awarded Medicaid Incentive Payments for 2011
Linda T. Kohn (au)
Widespread use of health info. tech. (IT), such as electronic health records (EHR), has the potential to improve the quality of care patients receive and reduce health care costs. However, studies have estimated that as of 2009, 78% of office-based physicians and 91% of hospitals had not adopted EHRs. Among other things, the Health IT for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the Am. Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provided funding for various activities intended to promote the adoption and meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The largest of these activities, in terms of potential federal expenditures, are the Medicare and Medicaid EHR programs. From 2011 through 2019, spending for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR programs are estimated to total $30 billion, with spending for the Medicaid EHR program accounting for more than a third -- $12.4 billion. This report focuses on the Medicaid EHR program. It provides information on providers that were awarded Medicaid EHR program incentive payments for 2011, the first year of the program. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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