Meaningful Use Payments Top $30B as of March, CMS Says

May 26, 2015 in News

As of March, CMS had paid out more than $30 billion in electronic health record incentive payments to eligible hospitals and professionals participating under the meaningful use program, according to the latest CMS data, Becker’s Health IT CIO Review reports (Jayanthi, Becker’s Health IT CIO Review, 5/21).

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Payment Details

The $30 billion in incentive payments reflects:

  • $20.2 billion paid through Medicare;
  • $9.4 billion paid through Medicaid (Pittman, “Morning eHealth,” Politico, 5/21); and
  • $400 million paid to Medicare Advantage (Becker’s Health IT CIO Review, 5/21).

According to the data, 535,567 active participants had signed up for the incentive program through March, including:

  • 353,350 eligible professionals in the Medicare program;
  • 177,406 eligible professionals in the Medicaid program; and
  • 4,811 eligible hospitals (CMS data, May 2015).

Of those participants, the data show about 429,000 eligible professionals and 4,800 eligible hospitals had received incentive payments as of March (“Morning eHealth,” Politico, 5/21).

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