EHRs

2018 Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payment Adjustment

The payment adjustment amount for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is 3% for 2018.  A new fact sheet is available, which includes:

  • Payment adjustments
  • Exceptions process
  • Applicable hardship exceptions categories

For more information, visit the EHR Incentive Programs website.

Behavioral Health IT Resource

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has updated its Health IT Playbook with specific resources for behavioral health providers. In a series of three educational modules, the playbook describes the health care landscape as it relates to behavioral health IT, as well as guidance for adopting and implementing health IT into practice.  The APA recently worked with ONC staff to update the behavioral health “Specialists” section.

EHR Incentive Program Resources

To help eligible professionals successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, CMS  has posted new resources on the EHR Incentive Programs website.

APA Resources for Electronic Health Records

Information and resources on health information technology topics are available on the APA website.  Developed by the APA Committee on Mental Health Information Technology and APA staff, the topics include: guidance on choosing the right EHR; privacy and security (HIPPA and more); overview of national health information technology initiatives; and potential advantages of electronic prescribing.