EHR Incentive Program


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EHR Incentive Program

An undertaking of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that reimburses eligible professionals and hospitals for adopting or upgrading to a certified electronic health record (EHR) system. Under Medicare, eligible professionals include physicians, dental surgeons and chiropractors; Medicaid also includes nurses, midwives, dentists and physician assistants and excludes doctors of podiatry and optometry. Various reporting, registration and attestation dates were scheduled at different times beginning October 2010 and ending February 2012.

Medicare Vs. Medicaid
The Program treats Medicare and Medicaid providers differently with regard to payment amounts. In addition, by 2015, Medicare providers who do not show meaningful use of their systems will receive adjustments in their Medicare reimbursements. However, there are no adjustments for Medicaid providers. For more information, visit www.cms.gov/EHRincentiveprograms.

Medicare Enrollment in PECOS
In order to obtain payments, Medicare providers must be enrolled in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (see PECOS). See meaningful use, EHR and healthcare IT.
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The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs offer payments starting at a base of $2 million for hospitals (multiplied by a Medicare or Medicaid share).
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More than $3 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments were made between May 2011 (when the first payments were released) and the end of May 2012.
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have already had an enormous impact on EHR adoption rates.
Farzad Mostashari, National Co-ordinator for Health Information Technology, said that the meaningful use criteria under the Medicare EHR incentive program is "providing [a] model for a co-ordinated national transition to health information technology.
The updated standards also include more requirements for the use of health information technology and are closely modeled on the federal EHR incentive program that began earlier this year.
EHR incentive payments can total as much as $44,000 under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and $63,750 under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
McKenzie County Healthcare Systems will receive the reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program.
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