Healthcare Information Technology
The 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) included new initiatives and significant funding for increased adoption of electronic health records (EHR), health information exchange (HIE), and other health information technology (HIT). The goal of these initiatives is to improve patient outcomes and promote care coordination and efficiency of the health care system through the meaningful use of EHRs and HIT. Programs created under ARRA include:
- The Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs
- The Statewide Health Information Exchange Collaborative Agreement Program
- Regional Extension Centers
- Beacon Community Program
States face many challenges developing and administering the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and the Statewide HIE Collaborative Agreement Program. The planning, implementation, and operational challenges require expertise in diverse areas. Navigant brings a highly experienced team with decades of healthcare consulting experience spanning the full spectrum of healthcare services. Navigant’s healthcare practice is a nationwide network of nearly 500 dedicated consultants with proven experience in Medicaid and other state health and social services programs, as well as assisting state Medicaid agencies to develop and administer Federal HIT programs.
Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment Program
Proven Track Record
Navigant continues to work at the forefront of state programs to implement and administer Federal HIT programs created under ARRA. We have assisted the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare with each aspect of its Medicaid EHR incentive program. This includes reviewing Federal rules and policies; briefing Pennsylvania team members on HIT and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requirements and status; developing Federal-mandated documentation; working with CMS and Pennsylvania on obtaining documentation approval, and operationalizing the program. Navigant professionals continue to support Pennsylvania with the development of both user manuals to help providers apply for the incentive program, and operational manuals and training materials for Pennsylvania staff assigned to the incentive program.
Navigant also works with states, plans and providers to meet the requirements of their Statewide HIE Collaborative Agreement Programs, including developing financial sustainability plans. In addition to our healthcare expertise, the Navigant team includes the necessary experts in finance, economics, statistics and modeling, to ensure successful HIE planning, development, implementation, and sustainability.
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