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You may have heard rumors about a federal mandate that requires dentists to begin utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) or have "paperless" offices by 2014. These rumors are not accurate. There are no mandates that require electronic health records in 2014. However, dentists who accept Medicare patients and are eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will face a payment reduction in their Medicare reimbursement for failure to implement “meaningful use” of EHRs starting in 2015.

The payment reduction starts at 1 percent and increases each year that a Medicare eligible professional fails to demonstrate “meaningful use” through the implementation of EHRs, with a maximum reduction of 5 percent. If you are dentist accepting Medicare patients, click here for information on the Medicare EHR Program. If interested in registering for the program, click here

WSDA is not aware of any mandates for EHRs in Washington state at this time. However, there are incentives in place to encourage health care professionals to transition to EHRs.

Am I eligible? 

In order to be eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, providers must see at least a 30 percent Medicaid patient volume. Patient volume is calculated by dividing the number of Medicaid encounters during a continuous 90-day period in the preceding calendar year by the total number of encounters in that same period. Patient volume is a percentage derived from a fraction with a numerator of Medicaid encounters and a denominator of total encounters. Providers must also be enrolled and billing through ProviderOne.

If you are interested in learning more about the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please check our blog on Monday, December 23, 2013 for more information about the program and how to get started.
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