As first reported by the American Bar Association’s Focus on E-Health and Privacy section, CMS announced on November 23, 2009, that Iowa’s Medicaid program is the first state to receive federal matching funds for planning activities necessary to implement the electronic health records (EHR) incentive program established by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) under the ARRA of 2009. Iowa will receive approximately $1.16 million in federal matching funds. CMS Director, Cindy Mann, noted that although Iowa is the first to receive the federal matching funds, a number of other states have submitted EHR incentive program implementation plans as well.
To read more about HITECH state stimulus funding, see the article posted to this blog on September 10, 2009, here.
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According to a recent article in Healthcare IT News, CMS has awarded 10 states federal matching funds for state planning activities to implement the electronic health record incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The states are: Iowa, California, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, New York, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. (See “Tennessee, Pennsylvania to get federal matching funds for EHRs,” by Chelsey Ledue, Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News, January 5, 2010.)