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How can I qualify for stimulus payments?

The stimulus package passed for the year 2009 pumps $19 billion into the medical industry to help implement technology that makes healthcare safer and more connected. Those who prove meaningful use of Electronic Health Records can receive an incentive reimbursement of up to $64,000 over six years. Hospitals can qualify for $2-8 million in funding. Remember, 70% of the incentive comes within the first two years. This means that in order to receive the maximum reimbursement, you must start early. It is believed that the definition of meaningful use will be very similar to the CCHIT certifications. For more information on CCHIT certifications, see cchit.org.

What is the definition of "meaningful use"?

Currently, “meaningful use” is as follows:

• Use EMR software at point of care
• Prescribe electronically
• Choose an EMR that ensures interoperability or data sharing
• Use an EMR capable of clinical reporting

What is the CCHIT 2011 qualification criteria?

The Certified Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has rules for qualifying for stimulus funds under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The critieria is as follows: • At least one clinical decision support rule relevant to a specialty or a high clinical priority • Electronic claim submission to payors • Electronically check insurance eligibility (when possible) • Provide patients with timely electronic access to their health information; • Provide patients, upon request, with an electronic copy of their discharge instructions and procedures at the time of discharge; and • Require the capability to exchange health information where possible in 2011, with participation in a national health information exchange by 2015 • By 2013, it is also expected that criteria will extend to include the ability to provide patients with access to their personal helath records populated in real time.

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How does the qualification work?

There are two ways you can qualify for the incentive. Qualified providers can qualify under either incentive, but not both. You can qualify either under Medicare or Medicaid. Physicians qualifying under the Medicare portion can receive up to $44,000 and those qualifying under the Medicaid incentive can qualify for up to $64,000. You can receive your incentive payments starting in January of 2011. Physicians who do not implement EHR technology by 2015 will suffer from a 1% reduction in Medicare Payments (reductions will continue to increase after 2015 up to 5%).

Physicians qualifying under the Medicare provision are eligible for up to $44,000. The total amount that you receive is based on how early you adopt and your Medicare Part B billings. (You must submit Medicare Part B claims to qualify.) You will receive the lesser amount of either 75% of your Medicare Part B charges or $44,000 over a five year period from 2011 to 2015. You can also qualify for an early adopter incentive of $3,000 (if you qualify for either 2011 or 2012.) Remember, to receive your maximum payment, you must start now. MAXIMUM incentives (including $3,000 bonus) will be paid as follows:

$18,000 for the 1st year
$12,000 for the 2nd year
$8,000 for the 3rd year
$4,000 for the 4th year
$2,000 for the 5th year

Providers qualifying under Medicaid are eligible for up to $63,750 over six years. Your payment is calculated as 85% of the EHR cost (up to $25,000 for the first year), and 85% of annual cost (up to $10,000) over the following five years. To qualify for the Medicaid provision, at least 30% of your cases must be attributable to Medicaid. For pediatricians, the minimum percentage of Medicaid patients is reduced to 20%. However, office-based pediatricians are only eligible to receive up to two thirds of the maximum payment.

Does WA make house calls?

While we specialize in commercial I.T., we offer excellent I.T. support for various residential communities throughout South, Florida.

How can I reach a WA rep?

Simply call 954) 353-4724 or write to helpdesk@wrightallianceinc.com. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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