HHSC has introduced free online trainings to help Medicaid providers and hospitals enroll in the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. The program provides incentive payments to health care providers when they adopt, implement or upgrade certified electronic health record technology.
The two online trainings — one for professionals and one for hospitals — feature self-guided lessons on the various aspects of the incentive program, including how to enroll in the program and how to attest to meaningful use of electronic health records.
The Medicaid incentive payments are designed to encourage Texas medical and dental professionals to make the transition to electronic health records and help build what eventually will be a statewide health information network where patient records can be shared between offices with the click of a mouse.
Individual professionals and hospitals can qualify for the incentive payments by adopting electronic health record technology that meets federal standards, then using that technology in ways that improve quality, safety and effectiveness of patient care. Individual professionals can receive up to $63,750 over a six-year period through the Medicaid incentive program, and hospitals can qualify for millions of dollars in payments over three years based on a funding formula. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a similar incentive program for Medicare providers.
There are no restrictions on how hospitals and individual professionals may use the incentive payments. Individuals must choose between the Medicaid and Medicare incentive programs, but hospitals can take part in both. Interested providers must first register with CMS to start their registration process. Once registered at the federal level, the provider will receive instructions on how to enroll in the state program.
To log into the new online trainings, visit TexasEHRIncentives.com. For answers to questions, visit the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program website, contact HealthIT@tmhp.com or call 800-925-9126 (Choose option 4).