In the summer of 2013, leadership from the General Assembly’s Maryland House Health Government Operations (HGO) Committee requested that the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) evaluate the State incentive program and determine if changes are necessary to ensure the intent of the law continues to be met. In collaboration with the State incentive program workgroup (workgroup), MHCC determined that alignment of the State incentive program with the federal incentive program is necessary going forward.This will ensure that the State’s EHR adoption incentives are appropriately aimed at improving care delivery as opposed to buying technology.
Aligning the State incentive program with the federal incentive program also establishes consistencies around practice requirements for participation in both incentive programs. Restructuring the State incentive program is expected to increase EHR adoption and reduce administrative program challenges for payors and providers. While stakeholder viewpoints differ slightly on the actual revisions that should be made to the State incentive program, the workgroup generally agreed that the proposed changes represent a balanced approach for stakeholders that will further increase primary care physician practice participation.