|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2011
CONTACT: Stephanie Smiley, (608) 266-1683
INCENTIVE PAYMENTS AVAILABLE TO WISCONSIN HEALTHCARE
PROVIDERS FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
MADISONThe Department of Health Services (DHS) is now accepting
applications for the federal Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Incentive Program. The program encourages health care providers to use
certified electronic health records (EHRs) to improve the quality of
patient care for Wisconsin residents.
The Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is open to eligible
Medicaid professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners,
certified nurse-midwives, dentists, and physicians assistants, and acute
care, critical access and children’s hospitals. To be eligible for the
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, providers and hospitals must have a record
of serving a minimum number of Medicaid members as they worked toward
incorporating certified EHRs into their procedures.
Wisconsin providers meeting program eligibility requirements can
receive $21,250 for their first year’s participation in the program, and
may be eligible for a total of $63,750 over six years of participation.
Wisconsin hospitals meeting program requirements can receive payments over
three years for varying amounts depending on the hospital’s
Some 610 of Wisconsin’s eligible health care professionals and
hospitals have registered for an incentive payment and more than $9.3
million in incentive payments have already been disbursed. Another $19.8
million is expected to be disbursed over the next week.
“Wisconsin continues to be a leader in improving the quality, safety
and efficiency of health care by leveraging the capabilities of certified
health information technology to deliver better and lower cost care,”
said Brett Davis, Department of Health Services Medicaid Director. “We
expect the highest quality health care for Wisconsin’s children and
To apply for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, health care
professionals and hospitals should complete a registration at the Medicare
and Medicaid Services Registration and Attestation System at and
then can complete an application through the secure ForwardHealth
For information on the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR incentive Program,
provider eligibility rules, EHR adoption, or frequently asked questions,
or call Provider Services, (800) 947-9627.
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