The increase to 303,072 enrolled physicians and other eligible professionals, as listed in the CMS' report through September, represents a 7% jump in total enrollment in a month for the two programs, which were created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Physicians and other eligible professionals can enroll in only one program or the other. Of them, 208,331 have signed up for the program administered through Medicare, while 94,741 have enrolled in the counterpart Medicaid program.
Meanwhile, through September, 4,057 hospitals have registered, up 2% since August, according to the CMS.
Thus far, 82,535 physicians and other eligible professionals have been paid $1.4 billion in incentives under the Medicare EHR program, while 60,208 of their counterparts have been paid $1.2 billion under Medicaid EHR program, according to the CMS.
The two programs have made 4,211 payments totaling nearly $4.9 billion to 3,044 unique hospitals, with almost $2.6 billion paid through Medicare and slightly more than $2.3 billion paid through Medicaid. The number of hospital payments made can exceed the number of hospitals enrolled because hospitals can receive payments under Medicare or Medicaid or both.