Louisiana has announced that it is the first state to issue second-year Medicaid incentive payments to a health care provider who demonstrated meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems, Modern Healthcare reports.
Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
During the first year of the Medicaid meaningful use program, which ended in 2011, eligible health care providers only needed to attest that they had adopted, implemented or upgraded to a certified EHR system.
To continue receiving Medicaid incentive payments during the second year of the program, eligible health care providers needed to meet the same criteria that eligible providers were required to meet under the first year of the Medicare meaningful use program.
Louisiana said that Winn Community Health Center -- a federally qualified rural health center -- is the first health care provider in the country to receive incentive payments for the second year of the Medicaid meaningful use program. Second-year Medicaid incentive payments total $8,500 per eligible provider (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 4/18).