On April 26, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), a former physician assistant, reintroduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would extend electronic health record (EHR) Medicaid incentive payments to all PAs whose patient volume includes at least 30 percent Medicaid and other financially needy beneficiaries.
If you need a refresher on this topic, see this Fierce EMR article from Jan. 5, 2012. Tricia Marriott, PA-C, MPAS, and AAPA director of reimbursement advocacy, makes a strong case for why PAs should obtain incentive payments under the program. Marriott explains that many PAs at physician practices and hospitals use EHRs to treat Medicaid patients. PAs also are primary care providers in underserved areas and serve as “super users” of EHRs, learning the system and then training other providers.
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