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CMS Paid out the First Payments for the EHR Incentive Program. Are you registered?

July 18, 2011

Since the EHR incentive program opened in January of 2011, more than $158 million has been paid for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.  In total, the Federal government has paid:

  • $75 million for the Medicare EHR incentive program
  • $83.3 million for the Medicaid EHR incentive program

The following are notable differences between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs:

Medicare

Medicaid

Federal Government will implement (will be an option nationally) Voluntary for States to implement (may not be an option in every State)
Payment reductions begin in 2015 for providers that do not demonstrate Meaningful Use No Medicaid payment reductions
Must demonstrate Meaningful Use Year 1 Adopt, implement and upgrade option for 1st participation year
Maximum incentive is $44,000 for Eligible Professionals (10% bonus for Eligible Professional in Health Professional Shortage Area) Maximum incentive is $63,750 for Eligible Professionals
Meaningful Use definition is standard for Medicare States can adopt certain additional requirements for Meaningful Use
Last year a provider may initiate program is 2014; Last year to register is 2016; Payment adjustments begin in 2015 Last year a provider may initiate program is 2016; Last year to register is 2016
Eligible Professionals include:

  • Doctor of medicine or osteopathy
  • Doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine
  • Doctor of podiatry
  • Doctor of optometry
  • Chiropractor

…and subsection (d) hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).

Eligible Professionals include:

  • Physicians (primarily doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy)
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Certified nurse-midwife
  • Dentist
  • Physician assistant who furnishes services in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Clinic that is led by a physician assistant.

…and acute care hospitals (including CAHs) and children’s hospitals.

In order to receive the Medicare or MediCaid EHR incentive payments, follow the steps below:

  1. Successfully register for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program;
  1. Meet meaningful use criteria using certified EHR technology (Check to see if your software is certified  under the EHR incentive program at: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert); and
  2. Successfully attest, using CMS’ Web-based system, that you have met meaningful use criteria using certified EHR technology.

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