CMS grants $1.7M for Kansas health IT deployment

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA) a $1.7 million grant to fund the initial planning process for deploying health IT within the state Medicaid system and Children’s Health Insurance Program.

According to KHPA, a Topeka, Kan.-based organization, those two programs currently cover more than 315,000 Kansans, or about 11 percent of the state’s population.

The grant, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will cover 90 percent of the cost of the planning phase. The money will be used to survey healthcare providers to find out what kinds of health IT are already being used in Kansas, develop clear plans for the health IT environment that Medicaid providers and state agencies need and chart a roadmap for achieving full implementation of health IT among Medicaid providers in Kansas.

Once the plan is completed, it will be submitted to CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. If approved, it will be used as the basis to apply for additional grants to fund implementation and deployment of the health IT system in Medicaid.

The plan is expected to be completed and ready for submission before Dec. 31, 2010 stated KHPA.