SuccessEHS client Winn Community Health Center (CHC) became the nation’s first federally qualified health center (FQHC) to receive a Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payment on January 12, 2011. Winn CHC received this incentive through the Louisiana Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, which is federally funded by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Program (ARRA), HITECH promotes adoption of EHRs by health care providers through financial incentives under Medicare or Medicaid. Eligible providers and hospitals may receive such incentives upon demonstrating that they have adopted, implemented or upgraded EHR in their practice.
Since opening in 2009, Winn CHC has benefited a rural community that previously had limited health care access for the uninsured. Through this program, eligible providers like Winn CHC receive an initial payment for adopting a certified electronic health record system. Payments will be continued for an additional five years if providers demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology such as SuccessEHS. Providers can earn more than $60,000 throughout a six-year participation period; these funds help organizations like Winn CHC provide higher quality care to their patients.
“We are very proud to be partnered with one of the first providers in the nation to receive a Medicaid incentive payment. We are confident that many of our providers will follow and are proactively working to educate and assist our customers so they will be positioned to receive this needed funding as early as possible,” said W. Sanders Pitman, SuccessEHS President and CEO.
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