The following is copied from the Arizona Dental Society web site.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the “HITECH Act” established programs under Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentive payments for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology. Medicaid EHR incentive programs are voluntarily offered by individual states and territories and may begin in 2011. Eligible dentists can receive up to $63,750 over the 6 years that they choose to participate in the program. The programs begin in 2011. These incentive programs are designed to support providers in this period of Health IT transition and instill the use of EHRs in meaningful ways to help our nation to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient health care. For more information, go to:
www.cms.gov, or go to the AHCCCS website at www.azahcccs.gov