Thursday, January 06, 2011

First Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Payments Issued

Registration opened on Mon Jan 3 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and Medicaid payments have already been issued by two states!

On Wed Jan 5, the first payments under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program were issued by Oklahoma and Kentucky. Kentucky processed payment to the University of Kentucky’s teaching hospital, University of Kentucky Healthcare. The first payment, for $2.86-million, was one-third of the hospital’s overall expected amount for participating in the program.

Oklahoma issued payments to two physicians at the Gastorf Family Clinic of Durant for $21,250 each, for having adopted certified EHRs. These incentive payments for the adoption of certified EHR technology are federally-funded under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

For additional information on the these actions by Oklahoma and Kentucky, please visit their websites at and For more information on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, please visit CMS’s EHR website at

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