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What Ryan White Organizations Are Eligible for Meaningful Use Incentives?

Health care providers funded under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program are a diverse community composed of many different kinds of organizations. HRSA’s breakdown of the types of organizations funded under the Ryan White Program, dating to 2007, follows:

  • Community based organizations (953, 43%)
  • Hospitals (355, 16%)
  • Health departments (295, 13%)
  • Community and mental health centers (249, 11%)
  • Other (379, 17%)

Although these organizations are not eligible to receive incentive payments as an entity under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use), many of their providers are eligible to participate.  These programs are designed to provide incentives to help eligible health care professionals become meaningful users of EHRs.  Eligible health care professionals under the Medicaid program are defined as a physician, nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, dentist, or physician assistant who furnish services in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Clinic that is led by a physician assistant. However, hospital-based eligible professionals do not qualify for EHR incentive payments.  Eligible Medicaid professionals are considered “hospital-based” if more than 90 percent of their Medicaid volume is provided in an inpatient hospital or emergency room.  Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) providers who meet the criteria for eligible professionals can receive incentive payments as individuals and may reassign their payment to their employer (the FQHC or RHC).  For more information, see HRSA’s Health IT Toolbox webinars on the EHR Incentive Program and Meaningful Use criteria.

Related Resources:

United States Provider Characteristics – This HRSA website profiles service organizations that received Ryan White HIV/AIDS program funding in 2008.

EHR Incentive Program – CMS’ official website for the Meaningful Use program provides up-to-date and detailed information. It defines the proposed rules and describes the incentive structure, eligibility criteria, and reporting requirements.

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