Many hospital systems and medical providers have been participating for more than six years in the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Medicaid Incentive Program. The program was designed to help eligible hospitals and medical professionals adopt, implement, or upgrade (AIU) an ONC-certified EHR system.
The second phase of the program was to ensure the meaningful use (MU) of the certified EHR technology. Over the course of the program, Georgia has had 371 hospitals and nearly 9,000 providers who have participated in AIU and MU.
Now that Georgia and many other states have achieved success in these areas, the focus has shifted to improving interoperability and patients' access to health information. As a reflection of the goal, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) are renaming the EHR Incentive Program to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs.
This is exciting news for providers and hospitals across the nation because the new rules will streamline the program to reduce the time and cost required of providers to participate. To find out more about the changes, visit
GaHIN has played a major role in helping over 5,000 providers meet Meaningful Use stages by providing a free secured messaging option for health data exchange. We are dedicated to continuing to expand our products and services to meet the needs of providers and patients across Georgia.