HITECH ACT

On February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 aka “The Stimulus Bill”, was signed into law by the US federal government. The Healthcare Information Technology provisions of the Recovery Act are cited as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act or the HITECH Act.

  • $787 billion in total net impact on the federal deficit
  • $154 billion in total net spending for healthcare
  • $27 billion over ten years will be expended to support adoption of electronic health records (EHRs)

Medicare Incentive

  • 75% of Medicare allowable charges for covered professional services subject to maximum payments.
  • Maximum amount of total incentive payments that an EP can receive under the Medicare program is $44,000.

Medicaid Incentive

  • 85% of the “Net Average Allowable Cost” subject to maximum payments.
  • Patient Volume 20% for pediatricians; 30% for all other EPs.
  • EPs should not be hospital based.
  • Maximum amount of total incentive payments that an EP can receive under the Medicaid program is $63,750.

General

  • Providers may receive incentive payments from only one program, even if they qualify for both (EPs will be allowed to change their program selection once before 2015)
  • Demonstrate meaningful use for 90 continuous days for the first year and the entire year for the subsequent years.
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