Nebraska Medicaid Program

Nebraska Medicaid EHR
Incentive Program
Part of the Promoting Interoperability Programs

EHR Incentive Program History

In February 2009, Congress enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH"), as part of the federal stimulus package. The legislation included a number of provisions designed to encourage the adoption and use of health information technology, including electronic health records (EHRs) and the development of a health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure to improve health outcomes while providing cost savings efficiencies.

One of the initiatives of this legislation is the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Under this program, States will distribute incentive payments to qualified Medicaid providers that adopt, implement, upgrade, or meaningfully use, certified EHR technology.

Nebraska’s State Medicaid Health Information Plan (SMHP) was approved by CMS in November, 2011. Nebraska launched the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program on May 7, 2012. The program will sunset in 2021.

For more historical information regarding the EHR Incentive Program please go to the CMS website at:  https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html