Medicaid Health IT

Vision: The 2013 State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan (SMHP) explains that as a value purchaser. HHSC understands and supports the primary purpose of the HITECH EHR Incentive Program—to support the adoption and meaningful use of certified EHRs to improve health outcomes, care quality and cost efficiency. To achieve interoperability for meaningful use, the Medicaid/CHIP Division will need to ensure continued collaboration with eligible professionals and hospitals and ongoing coordination activities with the Regional Extension Centers (RECs), Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). 

Mission: The 2013 State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan (SMHP) explains that Medicaid established a Health IT unit to manage health IT initiatives and provide policy advice on HIE and EHR issues that affect Texas Medicaid, including providers and clients. The Health IT unit is responsible for implementing the Medicaid EHR Incentive program and for planning and coordinating health IT services and programs within the Medicaid/CHIP Division.