The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, otherwise known as the “Stimulus Plan”, was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. To preserve and improve affordable healthcare, $60 billion was included in this plan. Of that amount, $19 billion is geared directly toward health information technology initiatives. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act—or the HITECH Act—is a segment of the ARRA. The HITECH Act was implemented to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.
On July 13, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs under Medicare and Medicaid. According to the Act, beginning in 2011, physicians are eligible to receive up to $44,000 per physician in stimulus incentives from Medicare for the Meaningful Use of a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR), and based on state-defined guidelines—eligible professionals reimbursed by Medicaid can receive up to $63,750.
Physicians may not collect both Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments
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