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Majority of hospitals, docs have received EHR incentives

By Joseph Conn

Eight out of 10 eligible hospitals and 58% of eligible physicians and other medical professionals have received payments totaling $15.5 billion under the federal electronic health record incentive payment program, according to the latest CMS data.

Through June, 4,024 hospitals have shared nearly $9.2 billion dollars to adopt, implement, upgrade and/or meaningfully use certified EHRs under the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive payment programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

In addition, 305,778 physicians and other eligible professionals have been paid more than $6.3 billion under the Recovery Act’s Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Advantage EHR incentive payment programs, the CMS report said.

There are 4,477 hospitals that have registered for the programs, which leave just 11% of the 5,011 eligible hospitals that have not registered. Meanwhile, 400,960 physicians and EPs have registered, which leaves 24% of the estimated 527,200 eligible physicians and other EPs that have not registered.

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