21K “Ready” for EHR Incentives Says CMS

More than 21,000 providers said they are ready to participate in the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program of the Centers for Medical & Medicaid Services (CMS) by January’s end. About two-thirds of those are ready to confirm they have met meaningful use requirements, a CMS official told attendees at a national health information management conference.

The first Medicare payments will be made in May. Medicaid has already paid out $2.7 million to providers under the incentive program. To be rewarded, providers must attest to their readiness via CMS.

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But the attestation module CMS is launching on its website won’t be ready until April. “It’s taken so long because it’s complicated,” Elizabeth Holland, of CMS’ Office of eHealth Standards and Services, said. “A lot of systems need to interact with each and building all the interfaces takes awhile,” she told attendees at last week’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando.


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