Federal Stimulus Funds Aim To Help Medi-Cal Providers Adopt Electronic Health Record Tools

Earlier this month, CMS announced that California will receive nearly $2.5 million to encourage electronic health record adoption among health care providers who serve beneficiaries of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program.

State officials say they plan to use the funds to evaluate California’s health information technology efforts and develop a plan for further adoption.

In a California Healthline Special Report by Kelly Wilkinson, experts discussed the possible impact of federal health IT funds.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Kim Ortiz of the California Department of Health Care Services’ Office of Health IT Activities;
  • Sean South, spokesperson for the California Primary Care Association; and
  • Mary Szecsey, executive director of Sonoma County’s West County Health Centers.

Officials say the influx of federal health IT funds comes at a time when many Medi-Cal providers are struggling with recent state budget cuts (Wilkinson, California Healthline, 12/23).

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