Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are treated differently in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the law that includes provisions for the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use incentives.
If a physician participates in a Medicare Advantage organization, he or she should contact that organization to see if participation in the EHR incentive program is affected by that MA plan. If the MA plan indicates the practice is not eligible for the meaningful use incentives because of a complex Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule, please contact TMA at (800) 880-5720.
Regional extension centers (RECs) have been established to help physicians work through the details of EHR selection, adoption, and achievement of meaningful use. Primary care physicians and specialists who can attest to providing primary care are eligible for on-site consulting services at a subsidized rate of only $300 per year.
For more information on RECs and stimulus incentives, visit the TMA website or contact the TMA Health Information Technology Department by telephone at (800) 880-5720 or by e-mail at HIT@texmed.org.
Action, Jan. 14, 2011