Adoption of electronic health records by Medicare physicians is accelerating while the rate of hospitals adding the technology is slowing, according to federal data on the program's spending through February.
Cumulative incentive payments for EHR adoption by physicians reached $636 million, a 57% increase over the previous month, while hospital payments rose to $1.4 billion, or 10% more than the previous month's cumulative total, according to CMS data released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
MedPAC members highlighted an apparent drop-off in hospital growth trends from previous months. The 10% increase in payments to hospitals for February compares with a 50% increase in cumulative payments to hospitals during December. Also in the last month of 2011, there was a 51% increase in total physician payments.