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Meaningful Use

HITECH Act and the ACA—New Opportunities for Correctional Providers

In this article, Ben Butler, COCHS' CIO, examines the important ways in which jail correctional health programs can now benefit from provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) that provide generous cash incentives for health providers who migrate to and share data electronic health records (EHRs). Under the original HITECH provisions, jails were excluded from participation; but passage of the ACA, which included the expansion of Medicaid to individuals based solely on income, had the effect of lifting the prohibition on CMS payments to programs treating inmates. Jails now can enjoy significant new funding under the revised criteria. This article explains, in detail, how. View article...

Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record in the New York City Jail System

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The New York City jail system, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene oversees care delivery and was able to participate in and earn incentives through the Medicaid Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program. Despite the challenges of this program and other health information innovations, participation by correctional health services can generate financial assistance and useful frameworks to guide these efforts. Read more...