Meaningful EHR Users Rake in Millions

To encourage conversion to a standardized electronic health record (EHR) system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid $872 million through September to providers and facilities who have registered under a federal program, an official told an advisory committee recently.

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentives programs offer incentives to providers and facilities to implement meaningful EHR use standards by 2014. The program was outlined as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Medicaid payments to providers and facilities total $515 million, while only $357 million has been paid under the Medicare program. Through September, 88,255 providers and 2,396 hospitals had registered with the Medicare program. The Medicare program has a higher eligibility threshold based on stringent meaningful use standards.


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