As officials continue to build and plan health information technology infrastructure policies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced another round of funding for Medicaid agencies that are establishing their state IT plans.
Six more states and the District of Columbia are the latest to receive 90% matching federal funds to conduct health IT planning activities related to the Health and Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in the 2009 stimulus law. They share a total of $5.75 million in funding.
To qualify for the matching funds, states have to build programs that ensure Medicaid providers are eligible to receive payments through the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program by monitoring meaningful use activities. In addition, the states will analyze barriers to implementing health IT and track adoption progress.
The latest funding went to Delaware ($247,000); New Hampshire ($335,000); Rhode Island ($401,000); Connecticut ($695,000); the District of Columbia ($817,000); West Virginia ($945,000); and Indiana ($2.31 million). CMS already has allocated matching funds to several other states.
CMS also has been working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, or ONC, to develop a broader monitoring program that will evaluate whether the EHR incentive program and adoption of meaningful use requirements are effective for providers across the country.