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Eligible Hospital - Medicaid is a hospital that qualifies for the HITECH Act EHR incentive program. Why is this important?

You know your clinical and administrative systems should be standardized and perhaps consolidated into a single electronic medical records solution. But you know that will involve a lot of time and expense.

The bad news is that the HITECH Act has already mandated that Medicare and Medicaid hospitals must transition to electronic medical records / EMR software.

The good news is that the HITECH Act, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has received funding to pay incentives to qualifying hospitals.

EHR Incentive Payment Calculation for Eligible Hospital - Medicaid?:
(Details at Fact Sheet: Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Final Rule Overview (July 16, 2010))

Overall EHR Amount times Medicaid Share

Overall EHR Amount Equals

{Sum over 4 year of

[(Base Amount Plus Discharge Related Amount Applicable for Each Year)

times Transition Factor Applicable for Each Year]}

Medicaid Share Equals

{(Medicaid inpatient-bed-days

plus Medicaid managed care inpatient-bed-days)

divided by [(total inpatient-bed days)

times (estimated total charges minus charity care charges)

divided by (estimated total charges)]}


Who qualifies as an Eligible Hospital - Medicaid?

  • Acute Care Hospitals with at least 10% Medicaid patient volume. May include Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and cancer hospitals.

  • Children's Hospitals

If you're an Eligible Hospital - Medicaid, I invite you to claim access to an informative

FREE Audio that will
about Electronic Health Records



Is electronic health record adoption a mystery to you?

Don’t have the time or expertise?

Want to take advantage of EHR incentive money?


Then you need

MUSICMeaningful Use System Implementation Consulting MUSIC
(Meaningful Use System Implementation Consulting)


EHR / EMR Software, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use assistance!

Sandra Noble

Also see: Eligible Professional

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