Georgia Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Georgia has a strong incentive program for providers that use electronic health records (EHRs) in meaningful ways. This initiative is designed to help Georgia and the nation improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care.
2016 is the last year for the program that began in 2011. The Georgia Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is a voluntary program administered by the Department of Community Health (DCH). The program is 100 percent federally funded and limited to eligible Medicaid providers.
Georgia has paid $254 million in incentives between September 2011 and March 2016. While payments will continue until 2022, Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals must apply during 2016.
Eligible Professionals must Adopt (acquire and install), Implement (training) or Upgrade (expand functionality with new version, etc.) or demonstrate meaningful use of the certified EHR technology during Year 1 of their program participation. In all subsequent years, providers must demonstrate meaningful use (i.e. how the technology moves beyond being a digital medical chart to being a valuable tool to transform healthcare service delivery and improve outcomes).
Eligible Professionals can receive up to $63,750 during their six years of participation in the program. The Year 1 payment is $21,250 with each subsequent year paying $8,500. Eligible Hospitals can receive three years of payments based upon patient volume.
Remember, all eligible Medicaid providers must begin the application process by the end of calendar year 2016. So don’t wait. Get started today! Learn more on the DCH website or contact DCH at 1-800-766-4456.