CMS Proposes Reimbursements for EHR Use in Behavioral Health

CMS Proposes Reimbursements for EHR Use in Behavioral Health

June 22, 2015 Blog 0 Comments

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that, if finalized, would allow states to incentivize electronic health record (EHR) use by reimbursing behavioral health organizations for the adoption of EHR technology. CMS referred to the proposed EHR reimbursements as a means of promoting cost-effective, high quality care.

According to the proposed rule, states could make Medicaid incentive dollars available to behavioral health organizations that use EHR technology which supports interoperable health information exchange (HIE).

In addition to incentivizing EHR adoption in behavioral health, the proposed rule could also improve governance of Medicaid managed care plans and promote HIEs.

Qualifacts praises CMS for proposing this critical reform, which, if finalized, would help bring healthcare one step closer to the goal of mental health parity. We know that the proposed inclusion of EHR incentives would prove essential to behavioral health’s pursuit of key care delivery goals, including the Triple Aim.

The comment period for the proposed rule is open until July 27, 2015. The finalized rule is expected in late summer or early fall of this year. The Qualifacts team will continue to monitor news about the proposed rule and will share information about the final rule once published.