Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What are the Issues Associated with Extending Payment Incentives for Implementing and Using Certified Electronic Health Record Technology to Health Care Providers Currently Ineligible to Receive Such Payments?

01/01/2014

 

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) required the Secretary of HHS to determine the extent to which, and manner in which, payment incentives and other funding for implementing and using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) could be made available to health care providers who are receiving minimal or no payment incentives for the use of such technology. The study focused on “ineligible providers” in four service areas: long-term and post-acute care; behavioral health; the safety net; and other areas. These providers deliver health care to some of the most vulnerable and costly individuals in our society, and the care they deliver would benefit from the use of CEHRT, including electronic health information exchange.

The study found that current funding is not expected to support widespread adoption and use of CEHRT technologies. A more strategic and coordinated approach is therefore needed to support the implementation of CEHRT technologies by these providers and the nationwide health IT infrastructure.

 

Report Title: EHR Payment Incentives for Providers Ineligible for Payment Incentives and Other Funding Study http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2013/EHRPI.shtml

Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Federal Contact: Jennie Harvell, 202-690-6443

Contract Performer: AHIMA Foundation, Quality Advisors LLC

Record ID: 10223 (August 9, 2013)

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