The rate of registrations by physicians and other so-called “eligible professionals” for the two federal incentive payment programs for electronic health-record systems dropped for the second straight month in April, government data shows (PDF).
EHR incentive payments top $5 billion
Combined registrations by eligible professionals for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs dropped in April to 12,228, down 12% compared with March numbers.
Drilling down into the registration data, a 13% increase in Medicare registrations in April was more than offset by a 36% drop in Medicaid program registrations that month.
Total registrations by “EPs” in the two programs created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 now stands at 234,570, 84% of whom are physicians.
Other providers included as eligible professionals are dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, chiropractors, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Eighty-six more hospitals signed up for the programs in April, bringing the total number registered for either Medicare or Medicaid or both programs to 3,569 hospitals.
Thus far, just over $5 billion has been paid out under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs, with hospitals receiving $3.34 billion and physicians and other eligible professionals receiving $1.68 billion.
To hospitals, Medicare has paid $1.7 billion and Medicaid, $1.6 billion. For EPs, Medicare has paid out $953 million thus far while Medicaid has paid $736 million.
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