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Texas Health Resources Receives Texas Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments
07/18/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has received more than $7.3 million in Medicaid incentive payments from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for meeting criteria for the adoption and implementation of its electronic health record (EHR). Eleven Texas Health hospitals received the state Medicaid payments for demonstrating they have met requirements for the incentives.

In May, Texas Health announced it had received more than $19.5 million in federal Medicare incentives for its EHR. In order to receive the Medicare incentive payments, Texas Health successfully satisfied objectives for five components that range from improving quality, safety, and efficiency of care to engaging patients and their families and coordinating care across multiple providers. Texas Health was one of the first health systems nationwide to receive the federal payments.

Established under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Medicare and state Medicaid payments encourage health care providers to adopt EHRs to improve health, quality and efficiency.

“We appreciate the state and federal recognition of our electronic health record, a key initiative for quality and patient safety that we have ardently pursued for more than five years,” said Stephen C. Hanson, FACHE, Texas Health’s senior executive vice president for system growth and integration. “What is most important is that our EHR is making a difference every day for North Texans in better coordination of care among providers and enhanced patient safety.”

The hospitals that received Texas Medicaid payments for effective use of EHR technology to enhance patient care and safety are:

  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman

Texas Health began implementation of its EHR in 2006. The system’s EHR has set the pace for hospitals nationwide in areas such as physician adoption of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), proven to help reduce medication errors. Texas Health’s physician CPOE adoption rate of approximately 90 percent places the system among the national leaders. Texas Health has invested more than $200 million in its EHR, which contains more than 4.7 million patient records.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.

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