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Forum Communicatons Co. report, Published June 14 2010

ND Human Services Department receives Medicaid funding

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Medicaid program will receive about $226,000 in federal matching funds for state planning needed to implement the electronic health record incentive program.

The program was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to a news release from the department.

North Dakota will use the funds to identify and verify provider eligibility for Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments, to establish processes to collect clinical outcomes data and to create a state Medicaid health information technology plan defining the state Medicaid program’s vision for long-term health information technology use.

The recovery act provides a 90 percent federal match for state planning activities to administer the incentive payments to Medicaid providers, to ensure proper payments through audits and to participate in statewide efforts to promote interoperability and meaningful use of electronic health record technology statewide.