Hospitals Get $10M To Boost Electronic Records

KDHE announced 23 hospitals across Kansas will split more than $10 million through the Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Program.

(CBS)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare is among hospitals getting a big check to promote and use health information technology like electronic health records.

KDHE announced 23 hospitals across Kansas will split more than $10 million through the Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Program. Stormont-Vail will receive more than $1.4 million.

The EHR technology helps improve health care services for patients.

Ten individual professionals will also split more than $200,000 to assist their efforts.

Name of Hospital, City Amount Received
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Coffeyville 323,417.79
Goodland Regional Medical Center, Goodland 171,813.89
Hodgeman County Health Center, Jetmore 79,737.34
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson 301,655.00
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence 432,811.96
Meade District Hospital, Meade 91,726.57
Mercy Health Systems of Kansas, Fort Scott 513,718.19
Mercy Health System of KS, Columbus 614,144.50
Morton County Hospital, Elkhart 108,051.10
Neosho Memorial Hospital, Chanute 254,940.44
Newton Medical Center, Newton 228,767.79
Overland Park Regional Med Center, Overland Park 691,807.19
Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt 197,740.62
Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission 842,623.23
St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City 510,759.01
St. Luke’s Hospital of Garnett, Garnett 71,871.55
Stevens County Hospital, Hugoton 7,527.52
Stormont Vail Health Care Inc, Topeka 1,465,759.60
Sumner County Hospital District #1, Caldwell 196,576.07
Sumner Regional Medical Center, Wellington 487,770.95
Wesley Medical Center, Wichita 1,870,553.73
Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City 452,900.86
William Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield 506,508.15
Total: $10,433,183.05

Following is the complete news release from KDHE:

The first payments to Kansas hospitals eligible under the Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program are scheduled to be made Thursday, March 22. Twenty-three eligible hospitals are collectively receiving $10,433,183.05 for promoting and achieving widespread adoption of Health Information Technology such as EHR, which improves the coordination and delivery of health care services for patients.

The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program offers payments to participating eligible hospitals, eligible providers and critical access hospitals. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Health Care Finance is responsible for issuing these payments through funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Incentive payments will be paid to eligible hospitals over three years.

“Our goal is to improve the quality and coordination of care by connecting providers to patient information at the point of care through the use of electronic health records,” said Aaron Dunkel, KDHE Deputy Secretary. “These first payments under the incentive program score Kansas a significant milestone in our work to improve public health tracking and reporting and the overall standard of care as critical information is securely maintained and accessed by our providers.”

Ten eligible professionals are also receiving payments totaling $212,500. Additional payments will be made as providers complete the application process, with incentive payments being made to eligible professionals over six years. The term “eligible professionals” characterizes physicians (M.D., D.O.), nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physician assistants and dentists who are enrolled in the Medicaid EHR incentive program. This group includes providers in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Regional Health Centers (RHC) as well as pediatricians. For eligible professionals, initial payments the first year are based on adoption, implementation or upgrade of certified EHR technology, while subsequent annual payments are based on the meaningful use of the EHR technology. “Meaningful use” means providers need to show they’re using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.

Because the Kansas Medicaid program currently covers nearly 13.3 percent of the Kansas population, the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program plays a key role in supporting widespread HIT adoption in Kansas


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