Guess Who's Eligible for Incentives Now?

November 16th, 2016 - States now have the option to provide data exchange incentives to more types of provider organizations. It’s not too early to apply.

Data exchange is not just important for hospitals and medical care practices; it’s important to every organization that provides patient care. Long-term care facilities, behavioral health organizations, and home health agencies cannot care for individuals without having a complete picture of their health. In addition, what these organizations know about their patients is of great value to hospitals, primary care physicians, and specialists.

Now, these specialized facilities may soon have a monetary incentive to establish a bi-directional connection to HealthlinkNY. The New York State Department of Health has been given the green light to use federal funds to expand its Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP) to cover a new group of provider organizations. The program is contingent upon approval of IAPD funding.

Incentives are expected to be available for eligible providers in the following categories:

It is expected that the DOH will also expand DEIP eligibility to organizations with Medicare Meaningful Use Eligible Professionals. Previously, only organizations with Medicaid Eligible Professionals were entitled to the incentive.

The incentive payments, which can reach $10,000 per live bi-directional connection, are designed to help defray the incidental costs of connecting to the HIE. In addition, organizations may be eligible to receive a $500 incentive for each Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use Eligible Provider, up to $30,000 per connection.  (Note: HealthlinkNY connects providers to the HIE at little or no cost; however a provider’s EHR vendor may bill providers for its services.)

There are some exceptions. The complete incentive would apply to only organizations that sign a HealthlinkNY participation agreement after October 1, 2016, however if you have a signed participation agreement before this date you may still be eligible. Providers would need to have a live bi-directional connection by September 30, 2017 and contribute specific sets of data elements. Behavioral health providers would be required to have at least one provider that accepts Medicaid.

Because incentive funds are limited, the program operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Although expanded incentives are contingent on IAPD funding, providers are welcome to begin the application process now. For more information, visit HealthlinkNY’s Current Incentives page. If you are ready to take the next step, call HealthlinkNY at 844-840-0050 or email