CMS EMR Incentive Funding Reaches $73 Million
Another six states plus Washington, D.C. have received federal matching funds totaling $5.75 million to plan state electronic medical record (EHR) incentive programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday.
The recent awards bring the total federal amount for this program to $73.32 million which include 45 states plus the District of Columbia. The grants began last November.
The six states that recently received funding are:
- Connecticut, $695,000
- Delaware, $247,000
- Indiana, $2.31 million
- New Hampshire, $335,000
- Rhode Island, $401,000
- West Virginia, $945,000
- District of Columbia, $817,000
The money will be used to help providers install and use electronic medical record systems in their practices, according to CMS.
"EHRs make it easier for the many providers who may be treating a Medicaid patient to coordinate care," CMS said in its announcement. "Additionally, EHRs make it easier for patients to access the information they need to make decisions about their care."
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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