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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7 billion in EHR Incentive Program payments were made.
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The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have already had an enormous impact on EHR adoption rates.
The certification qualifies healthcare organizations to use Health Companion cloud technologies to help comply with the Federal EHR Incentive Program.
And, 85 percent of hospitals now report that by 2015 they intend to take advantage of the incentive payments made available through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
The EHR Incentive Program funding is often the only way they can implement electronic health records.
After a successful 90-day reporting period of their comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) capabilities, the healthcare providers will now receive funding under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.
The primary vehicle of the government's push for provider use of EHRs is the CMS EHR Incentive Program which began in 2011.
On January 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would be updating the EHR Incentive Program this year.
Under the HITECH Act of 2009, eligible professionals (EPs) can participate in either the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program or the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
6) In a May 8 letter, AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James Madara warned CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo of dire consequences unless the EHR incentive program is substantially modified.
2014 is the last year to begin participation in the Medicare EHR incentive program.