Health Data Management is reporting that the Medicaid programs in Oklahoma and Kentucky have issued their first EHR meaningful use incentive checks. The checks were issued on January 5th, only two days after registration for the Medicare and Medicaid programs started.
According to the article the University of Kentucky Healthcare received the first hospital payment, $2.86 million while in Oklahoma, two physicians at Gastorf Family Clinic in Durant received first-year checks of $21,250 each.
On January 3, registration began in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. In February, registration will open in California, Missouri, and North Dakota. Other states likely will launch their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs during the spring and summer of 2011.
Funding for the incentive payments programs was made available through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Registration for the program opened Jan. 3.