Medicaid EHR Incentives Not Affected by Sequestration

Dentists seeking incentives from meaningful use will be participating through the Medicaid portion of the program. Dentists are eligible if they have at least 30% Medicaid patients.

There’s been a lot of buzz about the sequestration affecting meaningful use payments. Medicare meaningful use incentives will be affected by a 2% reduction due to the sequester (after April 1).

However, dentists planning on or working towards meaningful use attestation are in the clear. Medicaid is not affected. For that reason, dentists planning on qualifying for meaningful use can move ahead with their plans.

For more information on dentists and meaningful use, here’s an article by Michael Uretz over at Dr. Bicuspid.

Lessons Learned:

  • Medicaid is not affected by the sequestration.
  • Dentists seeking meaningful use incentives will be applying through Medicaid, and thus are not affected.
  • Medicare MU payments will be reduced by 2% after April 1.

Vaidya, Anuja (2013) CMS to Cut 2% From Medicare EHR Incentive Payments Due to Sequester. Becker’s Hospital Review. March 7. Last Accessed 3/7/2013: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/cms-to-cut-2-from-medicare-ehr-incentive-payments-due-to-sequester.html

Ackerman, Kate (2013) HIMSS13: Sequester Will Affect Medicare EHR Pay, ONC Budget.  iHealthBeat, March 6. Last Accessed 3/7/2013: http://www.ihealthbeat.org/features/2013/himss13-sequester-will-affect-medicare-ehr-pay-onc-budget.aspx