Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Ohio are the last states to receive matching federal planning funds to implement programs to administer Medicaid incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded $836,000 to Hawaii, $3.56 million to Massachusetts, $226,000 to North Dakota and $2.29 million to Ohio. With these grants, authorized under the HITECH Act, all states and territories have received planning assistance.

States and territories submitted plans for CMS approval before receiving matching funds. They will use the funds for such activities as analyzing the current status of health information technology, examining barriers to EHR adoption, establishing eligibility for incentives and creating a long-term state Medicaid HIT plan.

--Joseph Goedert


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