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Health Information Technology

Health information technology (HIT) offers tremendous potential for transforming the Medicaid delivery system. Meaningful use of new technologies, including registries and electronic health records, can help practices in better managing patient care and identifying and addressing care gaps. CHCS is working with states and providers to support HIT adoption, including maximizing the use of federal funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Leveraging Medicaid to Encourage HIT Adoption and Strengthen Primary Care

Dianne Hasselman, CHCS director of quality and equality, recently presented "Leveraging Medicaid to Encourage HIT Adoption and Strengthen Primary Care" at the 2010 Medicaid Managed Care Congress.


October 2010 Staff Presentations

Arkansas Charts a Course for HIE and Quality Reporting

Arkansas' Regional Quality Improvement program established a statewide health information exchange and a multi-payer quality measurement reporting strategy to improve chronic care delivery. This case study describes the program's collaborative process and its support for meaningful use of health information technology to position providers for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act incentives. 

August 2010 Case Studies

Supporting “Meaningful Use” of HIT in Small, High-Volume Medicaid Practices

This technical assistance brief describes how Medicaid-led teams in four states are supporting practice improvements among Medicaid-serving providers by helping them to adopt and implement electronic registries.

July 2010 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

CHCS Testimony to HIT Policy Committee's Meaningful Use Workgroup

Dianne Hasselman, CHCS director of quality and equality, testified before the HIT Policy Committee's Meaningful Use Workgroup on how HIT can be used to eliminate disparities in care for the Medicaid population.

June 2010 Staff Presentations

Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regarding Proposed Rules for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

On January 13, 2010, CMS released a proposed rules for the Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. In response NASMD and CHCS co-authored this response with input from state Medicaid leaders.

March 2010 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for Medicaid Providers: How Are States Preparing?

CHCS interviewed Medicaid leaders from six states to understand how Medicaid agencies are seeking to capitalize on electronic health record provider incentives available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This policy brief summarizes their initial insights and strategies as they prepare for this unprecedented opportunity.

January 2010 Policy & Issue Briefs

HIT Provisions of the Stimulus Package: Opportunities for Medicaid

During this webinar, participants learned about specific opportunities for Medicaid presented by HIT stimulus provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Speakers provided national, state, and physician perspectives and discussed how Medicaid programs can maximize the impact of HIT-related stimulus funding.

April 2009 Webinar Resources

Using Pay-for-Performance to Support HIT Efforts in Missouri

Missouri, one of seven states participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies Pay-for-Performance Purchasing Institute, developed an innovative P4P program that encourages providers to adopt a web-based care plan to improve the efficiency and delivery of chronic care.

April 2008 Case Studies

Health Information Technology: Resources

Health Information Technology is one of eight quality strategies that are critical to building the infrastructure for comprehensive chronic care.
September 2006 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

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