MaineCare's Health Information Technology (HIT) Program

Overview of CMS’s EHR Incentive Programs

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The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program External site disclaimer was created by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). CMS will administer the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and State Medicaid agencies will administer the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

The program pays 100% federally funded incentives to eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals for adopting, implementing, upgrading (A/I/U) and demonstrating meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology.

  • EPs may be eligible to receive either $63,750 in Medicaid payments or $44,000 in Medicare payments per provider.
  • Hospitals may be eligible for an estimated total of $145M in combined Medicare and Medicaid payments across all Maine hospitals.

For more information on incentive payments, please select one of the following:


HIT in the News: EHR Incentive Program Updates

State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan (.doc) - Approved by CMS 5/2/2011


EHR Incentive Program Planning Efforts

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has asked all State Medicaid agencies to begin planning for the EHR Incentive Program. Providers and other stakeholders have been involved in planning the program and defining the vision for HIT in concert with Statewide HIT efforts. MaineCare's State Medicaid HIT Plan (SMHP) includes:

  • An assessment of MaineCare’s HIT assets
  • A vision of MaineCare’s HIT future
  • A road map from the current state to the desired future
  • A plan to implement the EHR Incentive Program
  • An audit and oversight strategy for the EHR Incentive Program

MaineCare will post the final SMHP once it is approved by CMS.

Stakeholder Meetings  

During the development of the MaineCare HIT plan, meetings are being held with stakeholder groups. Below are the presentations from those meetings. Stakeholder meetings will continue and more materials will be posted here in the future.

If you would like MaineCare's HIT team to speak at your event, contact us

Presentations Date Document
Stakeholder Webinar August 11, 2011

Presentation (.pdf | .ppt)

Hospital Incentive Calculator (.xls)

Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) Conference February 13, 2011 Presentation (.pdf)
Maine Quality Counts (MQC) Health IT "Ask the Experts" Webinar Part 2 February 10, 2011 Presentation (.pdf)
Provider Association Program Information Resource Packet December 20, 2010

Information Packet (.pdf)

EHR Incentive Update (.pdf)

Notes (.doc)

Update on SMHP and EHR Incentive Program Patient Volume Calculation September 1, 2010

Presentation (.pdf)

Memo (.pdf)

Provider HIT Visioning Session June 3, 2010

Presentation (.pdf)

Notes (.pdf)

MaineCare HIT Provider Information Packet June 1, 2010 Information Packet (.pdf)
Provider Advisory Group (PAG)/ Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Introductory Session: Provider EHR Incentive April 15, 2010 Presentation (.pdf)
Provider Association Education Sessions April 2, 2010 Presentation (.pdf)


EHR Help Desk for questions about incentive payments and details about "Meaningful Use".