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The EHR Adoption Incentive and You

What is the EHR adoption incentive?

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act into law. This act represents a $23 billion section of the economic stimulus package that directly incentivizes physicians to use an Electronic Health Record (EHR) by 2012.

In August, 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), US Department of Health and Human Services, recognized The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) as the first Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) for EHRs. This means that in order for a practice to qualify for the incentive payments, it much purchase and use an EHR certified by CCHIT® or another ONC-ATCB to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use requirements.

LeonardoMD is excited about enabling our members to receive this incentive money; keep reading to learn what we've done to ensure that you qualify.

How do I qualify for this incentive?

Eligible providers need to meet 2 criteria to qualify:

  • A ONC-ATCB Certified EHR
  • Proof of meaningful use of that EMR by your practice

In the fall of 2010, CCHIT® launched their ONC-ATCB certification program, testing and certifying EHR software that meet the Stage 1 meaningful use standards through the end of 2012. LeonardoMD, having already identified most of the standards that were required and having already incorporated those features in LeonardoMD Virtuoso, was proud to be among the first several EHRs certified under this program.

Does the LeonardoMD Virtuoso EHR qualify?

Yes. At LeonardoMD, we have built our business on the principle that this type of adaptation should be easy and seamless for our members, and we have been successfully adapting to continuously changing health IT standards for the past 10 years. With regular program upgrades and feature releases, LeonardoMD is committed to providing your practice with the most current tools, technology, and compliance for your practice.

LeonardoMD is excited about the new stimulus for two reasons. Obviously, LeonardoMD's web-based model can leverage centralized server technology to easily upgrade all of our members simultaneously. What is even more exciting about this change is that LeonardoMD's subscription-based pricing model means that both our current and future members are eligible for the maximum monetary benefit from this stimulus package for their practice.

What do I get for using a ONC-ATCB Certified EHR?

Eligible providers may choose to participate in 1 of the 2 incentive programs below:

Medicare Incentive: Receive an additional 75% of Medicare claims.

  • 2013: up to $15,000 per physician
  • 2014: up to $12,000 per physician
  • 2015: up to $8,000 per physician
  • 2016: up to $4,000 per physician
  • 2017: up to $2,000 per physician

Adopt LeonardoMD Virtuoso by August 2018 to get the maximum benefit.

Medicaid Incentive*: Receive a check for 85% of the EHR cost.

  • Year 1: up to $21,250 per provider
  • Year 2: up to $8,500 per provider
  • Year 3: up to $8,500 per provider
  • Year 4: up to $8,500 per provider
  • Year 5: up to $8,500 per provider
  • Year 6: up to $8,500 per provider

*More than 30% Medicaid patients required to qualify

Adopt LeonardoMD Virtuoso by August 2018 to get the maximum benefit.

Click here to review the detailed criteria and incentives structures for the EHR incentive programs from CEnters for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For more information about how this EHR incentive will affect you, request an information packet or call our toll-free information line 866.LEOMD.INFO (866.536.6346).

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT® does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for Eligible Providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. LeonardoMD Virtuoso version 1.0, certified 9/30/2010, certification #CC-1112-607019-1, meets the following clinical quality measures (descriptions available at leonardomd.com/stimulus): NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, NQF 0421.

"CCHIT®" and "CCHIT Certified®" are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

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