Many behavioral health organizations across the country are beginning to access federal incentive payments for the meaningful use of health information technology, including several National Council members. Yet, it is important to note that current law does not permit behavioral health organizations to request and access the incentives directly. Instead, the organization can only receive incentives through its “Eligible Professionals” on staff.
The National Council has created a new step-by-step guide to assist behavioral health organizations in accessing these incentive payments. The guide covers basic information about determining how many eligible professionals your organization has on staff, how they can reassign their incentive payments to your organization, advice on executing staff agreements, and more. It also includes links to helpful resources on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program website.
For additional information and resources on health IT and meaningful use, visit the Health Information Technology page of our website.