Kansas releases figures on first 6 months of EHR incentive payments

By Anthony Brino
08:18 AM

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that hospitals and other providers in the state have been paid about $25 million in the first sixth months of the federally-funded Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.

The department disbursed the EHR incentive payments, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to 31 eligible hospitals and 463 eligible providers throughout the state.

In Kansas, eligible providers and hospitals must meet at least one public health meaningful use objective from a range of use case options, including electronically submitting data to the Kansas Immunization Registry, recording syndromic surveillance data with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s BioSense 2.0 program, or recording reportable laboratory results.

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About 13.9 percent of Kansans are enrolled in Medicaid and the state is in the works of transitioning virtually the entire program into managed care organizations.

The state also recently saw its health information exchange board vote to dissolve itself and scale back its scope. Private HIEs in Kansas and in neighboring states have bloomed into an information sharing system that’s in the process of going interoperable among several large health networks.