In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress mandated that payment adjustments should be applied to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) that are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
If a provider is eligible to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, they must demonstrate meaningful use in either the Medicare EHR Incentive Program or in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, to avoid a payment adjustment. Medicaid providers who are only eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and do not bill Medicare are not subject to these payment adjustments.
Medicare hospitals began to receive payment adjustments on October 1, 2014, and Medicare eligible professionals will begin to receive payment adjustments on January 1, 2015.
For further information, or if you have questions, please contact your HealthPOINT representative.