The HITECH Act specifies that physicians can qualify for $44,000 or more in economic stimulus incentives for adopting an EHR. What exactly does this mean and how can your practice qualify? Here are just a few answers concerning HITECH Stimulus incentives:
Are HITECH incentives per physician or per office?
HITECH incentives are paid on a per provider basis. As such, a practice with two physicians could qualify for $88,000 in Medicare incentives. A practice with two physicians and a nurse practitioner could qualify for as much as $132,000.
What types of healthcare providers qualify for HITECH incentives?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lists the following types of providers as qualifying for incentives:
Skilled Nursing facilities
Home health entities
Long term care facilities
Health care clincs
Community Mental Health centers
Renal dialysis facilities
Ambulatory surgical centers
Emergency medical service providers
|Federall qualified health centers (FQHC)|
Physicians (see below)
Practitioners (see below)
Indian Health Service providers
Rural health clinics
What types of physicians qualify for incentives?
The following types of practices can all qualify for $44,000 or more in HITECH stimulus incentives, according to the definitions of the Social Security Act, section 1861(r):
Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy – M.D. or D.O.
Doctor of Dental Surgery or Medicine – D.D.S or D.D.M
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – D.P.M.
Doctor of Optometry – O.D.
Chiropractor – D.C.
What types of medical practitioners are included in HITECH?
In addition to the list above, ARRA references “providers as defined in the Social Security Act, section 1842” as qualifying for HITECH incentives. This includes:
A physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist
A certified registered nurse anesthetist
A certified nurse-midwife
A clinical social worker
A clinical psychologist
A registered dietitian or nutrition professional
Which geographic areas qualify for HITECH incentives?
ARRA specifies the following regions and territories as qualifying for HITECH incentives:
All 50 US states
The District of Columbia
The Virgin Islands
The Northern Mariana Islands
What types of medical practices do not qualify for HITECH incentives?
The following types of practices do not qualify for incentives based on our current understanding of the program:
Free clinics that don’t bill Medicare or Medicaid
Hospital-based physicians such as pathologists, anesthesiologists or emergency physicians
Acupuncturists and other holistic providers
Any practice not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid payments