DataSuite Report

CHA DataSuite Issues HITECH Payment Estimator

CHA issued individual working models this week — using CHA DataSuite — to assist hospitals in estimating the amount of incentive payments that would be available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), within ARRA, required the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish a specific definition of what constitutes “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs), and develop a financial incentive program through the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs that would reward hospitals for instituting certified EHRs within established timeframes.

The models were constructed based on information and definitions included in the proposed rule. Each hospital received a working model that allows them to make data changes or enter more current information. Additional information regarding the rule is available on the CMS website at or on the CHA website at