States Receive Funding for Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentives - Creating Opportunities for Today's Medical Coders Posted by Administrator on December 18, 2009 • Comments (0) According to the American Academy of Professional Coders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that several states will receive federal matching funds for planning activities necessary to implement the electronic health records(EHR) incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.The Recovery Act provides 90-percent federal matching dollars for state planning activities to administer incentive payments to Medicaid providers, to ensure their proper payments through audits, and to participate in statewide efforts to promote interoperability and meaningful use of EHR.Several states have already received word on the amount of funding they will receive. The states and funding dollar amounts are as follows:California - $2.48 millionU.S. Virgin Islands - $232,000New York - $5.9 millionMontana - $239,000Idaho - $142,000Texas - $3.86 millionIowa - $1.16 millionGeorgia - $3.17 millionBased on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the government is striving to digitize patient health recaords within the next five years. With nationwide focus, electronic health records is an ideal career training option for today's medical coders to prepare for upcoming changes in the way health care providers process medical claims and maintain patient records. *CMS posted news of these federal matching funds to states in the press releases section of its website.