Alabama and Missouri in recent days launched their Medicaid meaningful use programs, the 12th and 13th states to do so. But a closer look at the numbers reveal slow progress since Medicaid meaningful use started in January and significant delays remain for a lot of states.

For instance, 11 states were live by Feb. 23 with Alabama and Missouri the first to go live since. And only six of the first 11 have issued incentive payments.

At least 18 states or territories expect to start offering EHR incentives sometime during the second half of 2011. Another nine states or territories have unknown start dates and five of these don't yet have a Web site for the meaningful use program.

California expected to launch in April but its Web site has a statement apologizing for additional delays. Virginia doesn't expect to start its Medicaid meaningful use program until the first quarter of 2012 and New Hampshire may slip into 2012.

For a list of states' expected Medicaid meaningful use launch dates and contact information, click here.

--Joseph Goedert


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