To help improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the "HITECH Act" established programs under Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentive payments for the "meaningful use" of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. The HITECH Act is a part of the federal stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. These incentive programs are designed to support providers in this period of Health IT transition and to encourage their use of EHR.
Two federal agencies, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are responsible for developing program standards and provider requirements for receiving incentive payments. In July 2010, ONC and CMS published the first set of final rules on EHR incentive programs, including what providers must do to receive incentive payments in 2011 and 2012.
For more information please visit CMS' s and ONC's web site dedicated to the EHR incentive program.
Federal Regulations For EHR Incentive Program