On March 10, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced that Ohio’s Medicaid Provider Incentive Program (MPIP) has received federal approval. Ohio’s MPIP is an incentive program designed to encourage Medicaid providers to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems. Ohio’s MPIP was established in accordance with the Meaningful Use Final Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in July.

Under Ohio’s MPIP, eligible Medicaid professionals and hospitals who adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology in the first year of participation, and demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs over six years will be eligible for federal incentive payments. As a result of these incentive payments, ODJFS estimates that as many as 4,000 Medicaid providers will transition to certified EHR systems in the first two years of the program.

According to ODJFS, the Ohio MPIP will open by June, with incentive payments expected to begin in that same month.