FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2013
CONTACT: Claire Smith, (608)
Information Technology Support Coordinated, Comprehensive and
Cost-Effective Health Care for Wisconsin Residents
September 16-20 is National Health
Information Technology Week
MADISON—Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 16 to 20 Health
Information Technology (IT) Week in Wisconsin. Health IT uses technology
like electronic health records to support better care, better health,
and reduce costs in Wisconsin’s Health Care Industry.
“Wisconsin continues to be a leader in improving the quality, safety
and efficiency of health care by leveraging the capabilities of health
information technology to deliver higher quality and more cost-effective
health care, said Wisconsin Medicaid Director Brett Davis. “The early
adoption of this technology by Wisconsin’s health care professionals and
industry has led to advances in care coordination among health care
providers, improved the overall health of the population and empowered
consumers to effectively manage their health care and the health care of
others. We must continue to stay focused on connecting health systems
and meaningfully using technology across the state to provide the best
care possible for Wisconsin residents”
Since 2011, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has
participated in the federal Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Incentive Program. This program encourages health care professionals and
hospitals to use certified EHRs to improve the quality of patient care
for Wisconsin residents.
Since the EHR program started in 2011, more than $382 million in EHR
incentive payments have been distributed to 119 eligible Wisconsin
hospitals and 8,552 eligible professionals for the adoption of
meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
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, professionals 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
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 and
then can complete an application through the secure ForwardHealth
For information on the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR incentive Program,
eligibility rules, EHR adoption, or frequently asked questions, visit
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ehrincentive/ or call Wisconsin
Medicaid Provider Services, (800) 947-9627.
to see Governor Walker’s Health IT proclamation.
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September 18, 2013