If you treated Medicaid patients in 2016 and in some cases Q1 of 2017 you can still qualify and be paid $21,250 per dentist
in the Medicaid EHR Incentive
Is this real? Yes, it’s real. The HITECH ACT was signed into law in February of 2009 and is part of the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).
How do I qualify? If you are a Medicaid provider in good standing, you are non-hospital based and you treated 3 out of 10 patients that were billed to Medicaid or your State Medicaid program in a 90 day period in the last calendar year YOU AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY.
I thought this was just for Medical doctors, who can participate? Physicians, Dentists, Certified Nurse Midwifes, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians Assistants operating in an FQHC.
Is this part of ObamaCare or the Affordable HealthCare Act? Absolutely not. This came directly from the HITECH ACT within the ARRA..
Why does the government want an EMR / EHR? More commonly referred to as an EHR (electronic health record today). The EHR program started in April of 2004 when President George W. Bush appointed the first ONC (Office of National Coordinator) leader Dr. David Brailer. President Bush launched the federal drive to widely disseminate health information technology to improve patient care. Specifically, the initiative was driven by the need to improve patient care for soldiers in the battlefield. In a speech in Minnesota, Bush set a goal that within 10 years, “every American must have a personal electronic medical record,” adding, “The federal government has got to take the lead in order to make this happen.”
Why so much money being given away? Isn’t this the perfect example of government waste? Well, I believe we could all agree government waste exists. This program, however, actually saves federal and state programs billions of dollars every year. It reduces fraud, streamlines processes, eliminates double submissions. The program began paying for itself the first year it was employed in 2011. Reduction in fraud has continued to grow as a result bringing healthcare providers off paper and into the digital age.
Don’t you get audited once you receive the funds? Absolutely not! At least, our clients don’t get audited. Our EHR Payment Integrity Process® eliminates the possibility of an audit all together. The EHR Payment Integrity Process® was developed by Amanda “Mandy” Kerth, CEO of EHR Payment. This was the result of studying failing and failed audits over time to specifically address the exact documentation on every level that is required in the attestation / enrollment stage. It’s what the auditors want to see included in every submission. These audits were triggered as a result of individuals (sometimes employee practice managers and regional directors) and or negligent EHR vendors. In most instances, the employees and vendors either didn’t understand federal and state guidelines, or ignored them all together. Mandy has consulted corporate attorneys, owners, partners, CIO’s, CEO’s, CPA’s and everyone in between. Every single attestation performed by EHR Payment is handled personally by Mandy. The work has never been sub-contracted and remains a permanent in-house service to our clients to ensure accuracy, payment integrity and absolute compliance. To date NONE of EHR Payment clients have ever been audited.
Why do I have to buy / upgrade my practice management software? In order to participate you have to have, at a bare minimum, access to certified practice management software that is approved for the program. Here’s the good news. If you’ve upgraded your practice management software in the last few years (most of you have to comply with ICD-10) then you are likely using an approved practice management software piece. Our team will help to assess your specific needs when you work with us.
Can all of my dentists participate? Some are contractors? Absolutely all of your Medicaid credentialed dentists can participate. Part-time, full-time, contract or temporary. There are no restrictions on employment type.
How long does it take till I get paid? 9 out of 10 of our clients are paid inside of 30 days! The EHR Payment Integrity Process® means the work is completed faster with absolute accuracy and 100% compliance. Your accounts earn the ‘payment pending’ status in the state portal with payment disbursement following shortly thereafter. You benefit directly from several years worth of experience developing relationships with state EHR departments that view our work and recommend immediate payment.
Don't see your question? Email MANDY at MANDY@ehrpayment.com