Nearly $4.5 billion in federal incentives to implement electronic health-record systems has been paid out thus far, with program enrollments and payments still increasing in the first quarter of 2012, according to an analysis of the CMS' latest data (PDF).
There are now more than a quarter of a million (225,765) actively enrolled participants in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to the CMS. Hospitals can receive payments under both the Medicare and the Medicaid programs, and most do, but physicians and other professionals can participate only in one program or the other.
There have been 2,667 payments made to hospitals under the Medicare or Medicaid technology programs, or both, totaling nearly $3.1 billion.
Meanwhile, 222,282 eligible professionals have enrolled, and 73,945 have been paid. Medicare payments to 44,014 eligible professionals have totaled $792 million, while various state Medicaid programs have paid 29,931 eligible professionals $628 million.