More federal dollars for Colorado’s Medicaid technology

One again American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars are flowing into the state.

Colorado’s Medicaid program has just received almost $798,000 in federal matching funds from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The money was allocated for a development of the electronic health record incentive program established last year by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

CMS funds will be used to determine the current status of its health information technology. They will also cover the gathering of information on existing barriers to Colorado’s use of EHRs, provider eligibility for EHR incentive payments, and the creation of a state Medicaid HIT plan, which will ultimately help generate a long-term HIT use, said Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations at CMS.