EHR Adoption Has Earned Colorado Providers and Hospitals Nearly $200 Million

Date: August 19th, 2013Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use

Since the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs started in 2011, Colorado providers and hospitals have been paid more than $193 million in incentives to help them adopt and meaningfully use electronic health record systems

More than 3,800 payments have been made to Colorado providers and hospitals in the Medicare incentive program, totaling more than $131 million. Colorado Medicaid providers and hospitals have received more than 1,500 incentive payments, totaling more than $62 million. In both programs, Stage 1 is open, so many are attesting to meaningfully using their electronic health systems for the first time.

Time Is Running Out to Attest in Program Year 2013

October 3, 2013 is the last day to start both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR reporting periods for program year 2013 for Eligible Professionals. This is because you need to show a consecutive 90 days of Meaningful Use of your EHR before the end of December. So if you plan to attest this year, now is the time.

If you have any questions on the Medicaid program, contact Tracy McDonald, Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Coordinator, at MedicaidEHR@corhio.org or 720.285.3232. If you have questions on the Medicare program, call 888.734.6433, or visit the helpful CMS Incentive Programs site.

Don’t Miss the Meaningful Use Boot Camp

CORHIO is offering a free educational event on Meaningful Use on September 27th in the Denver Tech Center. Attend and learn what's already changed and what will change with the Meaningful Use Incentive Programs. You’ll also find out what you need to know about current HIT initiatives in Colorado and how to avoid payment adjustments from CMS.

To register, please visit /events/free-meaningful-use-boot-camp-tech-center.aspx?edte=3150.

Regional Extension Center Assistance

Your organization could be eligible for free assistance from CORHIO’s Regional Extension Center, which can help you select and implement an EHR and receive incentive funds. To learn more, contact Kelly Meade at 720-285-3251 or kmeade@corhio.org.