1. Under Maryland Medicaid rules, a patient may receive a telehealth service only from an allowed distant site provider, and only when the patient is physically present at an allowed originating site. In that regard, the Maryland Medical Assistance program has now added Federally Qualified Health Centers and physician assistants as allowed distant site providers, and now added the office of a physician assistant as an allowed originating site for telehealth purposes.
2. The electronic health record (EHR) adoption incentives available to eligible primary care practices in Maryland will expire on December 31, 2018. The EHR incentive program was adopted in 2011 to increase adoption and meaningful use of EHRs. According to an information brief published by the Maryland Health Care Commission in February of this year, adoption of EHRs nearly doubled from 2011 to 2016, and the State has paid roughly $9.7 million in total incentives under the EHR incentive program.
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