EMR funding

EMR funding

The current Master Agreement provides financial assistance to physicians who implement and operate EMRs. The agreement expires on March 31, 2019.

On May 17, 2018, the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) announced the details of a new EMR Migration Incentive Program. On Oct. 18, government amended the eligibility requirements for the one-time incentive payment to expedite the required migration from Nightingale On Demand (NOD). Read government's amended 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 amended announcement and FAQ.

One-time incentive payment to expedite the required migration from Nightingale On Demand (NOD)

Please note: Important Changes to Eligibility Requirements

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, sign and deliver an EMR contract and CGA form to their vendor, shall receive the maximum amount of the NOD Migration Incentive ($3,000);  
  • Physicians who, between Nov. 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, sign and deliver an EMR contract and CGA form to their vendor, shall receive 75% of the maximum NOD Incentive (actual $2,250); and
  • Physicians who, between April 1, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2019, sign and deliver an EMR contract and CGA form to their vendor, shall receive 50% of the maximum NOD Incentive (actual $1,500).

Eligibility criteria are included in government's amended announcement and FAQ.

EMR Subsidy 

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.

EMR grants

There are three grants are available as part of the 2015 Master Agreement contract.

One-time EMR investment grant – $10,000

This one-time grant is to assist physicians in the adoption of an EMR system and will be paid upon implementation. 

Annual EMR participation grant – $2,000

This grant will help offset the investments of time and effort by you and your staff in educational and peer-support activities. If you implement an EMR or sign a license agreement with one of the two recommended EMR vendors on or before March 31, and implement prior to Sept. 30, you will be eligible for this grant. As well, you will continue to receive it in any year in which you have invested at least four hours in EMR participation events and activities, up to March 31 (a self-assessment is required). The grant is available as long as you continue to use the EMR through education or participation in an EMR group. 

Annual EMR utilization grant – Varied amount based on usage

This grant is to encourage and reward you financially for the extent of your efforts in the use of the EMR in your practice. The funding available depends on the usage of the EMR system and the pool of funding available. The average payment in 2016–17 was approximately $5,800. 

To receive this grant, you must complete a self-assessment application; your individual score is compared to the rest of the applicants’ scores. To be eligible, you must have implemented an EMR by March 31, and have billed (or shadow billed) a minimum of $30,000 in MSI billings within an EMR in the 12 months up to March 31.

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.

Questions?

Funding-related questions about either the EMR Investment Program or the MyHealthNS Virtual Care Pilot should be directed to dhwtechincentives@novscotia.ca.

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. 

Contact

Brent Andrews
EMR advisor (Zones 1-Western, 2-Northern, 4-Central, and IWK)
902-225-8577 (cell)
1-800-563-3427
Derek Stewart
EMR advisor (Zones 2-Northern and 3-Eastern)
902-565-4568 (cell)
1-800-563-3427