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New Flex Monitoring Team Policy Brief Examines CAHs' Receipt of EHR Incentives

This policy brief describes current Critical Access Hospital (CAH) participation in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs and compares CAH participation by state.

Monitoring CAH progress in achieving Meaningful Use (MU) is not the role of the Flex Program and Flex Program funds cannot be used to help CAHs achieve MU; however, Flex Programs can share the information in this policy brief with other state stakeholders to increase awareness of the need to help CAHs achieve MU, since CAHs will be subject to Medicare payment reductions if they do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use by 2015. Particular attention should be focused on smaller CAHs that may be facing greater challenges in achieving MU than their larger counterparts