EHR incentive payments exceeds $12 billion

Now it is a time for the some healthcare providers to report the result of meaningful use. It is expected that, since the launch of program in February, nearly $12.3 billion amount paid to 219,000 physicians and hospitals. A Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments were estimated at $12.3 billion paid to a total of 219,000 physicians and hospitals.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has estimated this figures and will post the final figures for later this month, said Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS’ Office of eHealth Standards and Services.


In February, the total of $725 million was allocated among 33,090 providers. Out of which 27,500 Medicare physicians were awarded by $425 million; 5,500 eligible Medicaid clinicians and professionals received $100 million; and 90 hospitals got $200 million.


Anthony said, “February was a big month, as we expected. A lot of Medicare eligible professionals came in and attested in the final month to be counted in the 2012 program.”


“We expect that February number will continue to grow as we process them through the month. We’re already seeing some providers come in for 2013,” he added.


The meaningful program is showing some good results in healthcare centers. As some healthcare providers are going to report for the second time.

Since February, according to latest estimates, CMS has awarded 140,000 Medicare physicians, 75,500 Medicaid clinicians, and 3,757 hospitals.

The here were 85% of hospitals were registered for EHR incentive programs. In, January, 73.2 percent of hospitals have been paid as of January.

“For eligible professions, two-thirds are registered and almost 40 percent have been paid under Medicare, Medicaid or Medicare Advantage,” Anthony said.

CMS has also analyzed the performance with the previous years and compared that performances on their core and menu objective measures.


“We’re seeing consistently high performance. If anything, we see a slight increase as we move to a full year, but most is not statistically significant,” Anthony said.


He also added, “The workflow becomes more routine, and they are performing at a slightly higher level than when they began.”


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