On May 17, 2018, the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) announced the details of a new EMR Migration Incentive Program. Read the government’s announcement and FAQ.
One-time migration incentive payment for those doctors changing EMR products
A migration incentive of $2,300 will be paid to each physician in recognition for time spent by them and their staff to ensure migration of patient records is completed in accordance with provincial migration project standards, including testing and validating migrated data. This incentive will be in place for all DHW scheduled migrations from Dec. 1, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2019.
Eligibility criteria are included in government’s announcement and FAQ.
One-time incentive payment to expedite the required migration from Nightingale On Demand (NOD)
In addition, physicians currently using Nightingale on Demand may also receive up to a maximum of $3,000 (one-time only payment) to compensate them for migrating from Nightingale On Demand to one of two Certified EMRs; TELUS Health’s Med Access EMR or QHR Technologies’ Accuro EMR. Incentive amounts will be determined as follows:
- Physicians who, between Dec. 1, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2018, secure a migration date with the vendor and DHW and submit their Consent to Grant Access Form to DHW, shall receive the maximum amount of the NOD Migration Incentive ($3,000). (Note that the migration date may be after Oct. 31, 2018, but it must be secured before Oct. 31, 2018)
- Physicians who, between Nov. 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, secure a migration date with the vendor and DHW and submit their Consent to Grant Access Form to DHW, shall receive 75% of the maximum NOD Incentive (actual $2,250). (Note that the migration date may be after March 31, 2019, but it must be secured before March 31, 2019.)
- Physicians who, between April 1, 2019, and Oct. 31, 2019, secure a migration date with the vendor and DHW and submit their Consent to Grant Access Form to DHW, shall receive 50% of the maximum NOD Incentive (actual $1,500) (Note that the migration date may be after Oct. 31, 2019, but it must be secured before Oct. 31, 2019.)
Eligibility criteria are included in the government’s announcement and FAQ.
To encourage ongoing EMR use, existing Practimax, Accuro and Med Access users who are receiving eResults from provincial information systems, will receive an EMR subsidy of $200 per month.
- Nightingale On Demand physicians will qualify for the subsidy in the month after they have completed their migration to a Certified EMR.
- For Accuro, Practimax and Med Access EMR users who meet the eligibility criteria (see FAQ included in government’s announcement), the subsidy is effective April 1, 2018.
- The end date for the EMR Subsidy is Dec. 31, 2019, or earlier if a new Physician Master Agreement has been ratified.
- All payments will be processed by DHW and paid through MSI on a quarterly basis. No action is required by physicians.
Ready to migrate?
Physicians who have selected their new EMR and are ready to migrate can reach out directly to TELUS Health Solutions or QHR Technologies.
Funding-related questions about either the EMR Investment Program or the MyHealthNS Virtual Care Pilot should be directed to email@example.com.
Doctors Nova Scotia’s EMR advisors can answer your questions about EMRs and other practice technologies, help you identify the key factors in selecting your new EMR and assist in the troubleshooting and escalation of issues.
Master Agreement EMR grants
Through the existing Master Agreement, three specific grants available:
- One-time EMR investment grant
Prior to September 9, 2016, this $5,300 grant offsets the cost of purchasing and implementing an eligible EMR. After Sept. 9, 2016, the grant increases to $10,000 under the terms of the 2015 contract. Physicians who implement an EMR or sign a license agreement with one of the four approved EMR vendors will be eligible for this grant. This is not available for physicians undergoing an EMR migration. This is a one-time, life-time grant.
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- Annual EMR participation grants**
This $2,000 annual grant offsets investments of time and effort by physicians and their staff in educational and peer-support activities. This grant is paid upon implementation and annually thereafter. Physicians who implement an EMR or sign a license agreement with one of the three approved EMR vendors on or before March 31, and implement prior to Sept. 30, will be eligible for this grant. Annual applications are required after the year of implementation.
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- Annual EMR utilization grants**
This grant varies depending on adoption and funding. It recognizes the extent to which a physician uses an EMR in their practice. Physicians who have implemented an EMR and have billed (or shadow billed) a minimum of $30,000 in MSI billings within the 12 months prior to March 31 will be eligible for the utilization grant. The amounts for this grant are calculated based on scoring from the EMR Utilization Surveys, which are distributed to physicians in the spring.
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**Under the terms of the 2015 contract, these grants will transition to fees. The grants will remain unchanged until the Fee Committee establishes the new fees.