Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky Moves Ahead with Efforts to Adopt Electronic Health Records

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 08, 2011  
Contact Information:  Beth Fisher or Gwenda Bond (502) 564-6786, ext. 3101 or ext. 3100  

More Hospitals, Providers Receive EHR Incentives; State Plan Receives Federal Approval

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 8, 2011) – Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky continues to forge ahead with efforts to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), with more hospitals and providers receiving monetary incentives for EHRs and linking to the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE).

The recent developments are part of ongoing work to install viable EHR systems in hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, labs and other medical facilities, and linking those systems to an exchange where data can be transmitted to and from facilities. The effort is being closely monitored by the federal government, which provides monetary incentives for EHRs and is setting guidelines and specific criteria for the health information exchanges.

“This is an exciting time for the American health care industry as we work to improve health care through technology,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky is leading the way in the effort to adopt electronic health records nationwide and this puts us that much closer to fully achieving our vision. We know that health information technology can help improve patient care by creating greater efficiency and reducing errors.”

The Office of National Coordinator (ONC) in the federal Department for Health and Human Services also recently approved the strategic and operational plan submitted by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), which details the state’s strategy for deploying KHIE. The ONC’s approval makes available $9.75 million in previously announced federal funds awarded to CHFS under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the implementation of a statewide electronic health network.

Meanwhile, numerous Kentucky hospitals and medical providers have already received federal incentive dollars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for adopting electronic health records. Medicaid incentive payments began in January 2011 to assist with the purchase or upgrade of information technology systems for health care records. In February, payments exceeded $12 million, reaching the state’s urban areas, as well as rural communities.

In January, CHFS awarded the first two incentive payments to University of Kentucky Healthcare and Central Baptist Hospital. In the first round of incentive payments, UK received $2.8 million and Central Baptist received $1.3 million.

Since then, several hospitals and health care practices have received incentive payments, with more expected. Below is a list of incentive payments distributed by CHFS in January and February:

Jan. 28, 2011
Harrison Memorial Hospital, $556,740

Baptist Healthcare System Inc (Baptist RMC), $1,244,697

Local provider, $21,250

Health Point Family Care (various providers), $63,750

Two local providers, $42,500

Various local providers, $63,750

Feb. 3, 2011

Health Point Family Care, Inc. (various providers), $255,000

Mount Sterling
Family Care Clinic (two providers), $42,500

Doctor’s Clinic (two providers), $42,500

PCH Medical Clinic (one provider), $21,250

Pineville Community Hospital, $593,677

Clinton County Hospital, $588,079.13

Baptist Healthcare System (Western Baptist Hospital) $772,169

Cumberland County Hospital Association (various providers), $63,750

Local provider, $21,250

Center for Women’s Health (one provider), $21,250

Mountain After Hours Clinic (various providers), $85,000

Feb. 16, 2011

Health Point Family Care, Inc. (various providers), $63,750

Mountain After Hours Clinic (one provider), $21,250

Ashland Hospital Corporation (King’s Daughters Medical Center), $1,200,771

Lexington Fayette County Health Department (various providers), $ 318,750

Local provider, $21,250

Primary Care Center (various providers), $85,000

Grace Community Health Center, Inc. (various providers), $106,250

Cumberland County Hospital Association (Cumberland County Hospital), $355,379

Community United Methodist Hospital (Methodist Hospital), $842,202

Cumberland Family Medical Center (various providers), $233,750

Local provider, $21,250