September 18, 2013
Claire Yunker, 608-266-1683

Health 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 characteristics.

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 Portal.

View information on the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR incentive Program, eligibility rules, EHR adoption, or frequently asked questions. Or call Wisconsin Medicaid Provider Services, (800) 947-9627.

Go to to see Governor Walker's Health IT proclamation.