CMS Has Paid Nearly $22B in Meaningful Use Payments

March 12, 2014 in News

As of the end of January, CMS had doled out nearly $22 billion in incentive payments to eligible hospitals and professionals participating in the meaningful use program, Health Data Management reports.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 3/11).

Details of Payments

During a Health IT Policy Committee meeting this week, CMS announced that as of the end of January nearly 449,000 eligible hospitals and professionals had registered for meaningful use.

Elisabeth Myers, with CMS’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services, said that as the end of January:

  • Nearly 90% of eligible hospitals had made a financial commitment to an EHR system;
  • More than 65% of Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible professionals had financially committed to an EHR;
  • 89% of all eligible hospitals had received an EHR incentive payment; and
  • 79% of Medicaid-eligible professionals had received an EHR incentive payment.

Myers said an additional 7,762 eligible entities registered with the meaningful use program in January.

She also noted that:

  • About 60% of Medicare-eligible professionals were meaningful users of EHRs; and
  • 21% of Medicaid-eligible professionals were meaningful users (Manos, Government Health IT, 3/11).
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