More than 30 communities applied to participate in an HHS electronic health record incentive pilot project, Secretary Mike Leavitt announced.
The pilot aims to give small and medium-size physician practices financial incentives for using certified EHRs, for a total of $58,000 per physician or up to $290,000 per practice, Leavitt said in a news release. Out of the pool of applicants, 12 finalists will be announced in early June, and the CMS will recruit providers from within those communities for the project. Four communities will begin recruitment this fall, with the other eight starting in 2009.
Leavitt, CMS acting Administrator Kerry Weems and other HHS officials have traveled the country in the past several months touting the EHR pilot project and trying to bolster enthusiasm for it among providers and states.