Thursday, September 15, 2011

90,000 Healthcare Providers Signed Up for Incentive Payments for Migrating to Electronic Medical Records Systems

90,000 hospitals and other healthcare providers are taking part in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records (EHR) incentive programs with 13,000 joining in August alone.
"When we launched in April, we had a trickle, and that trickle is turning into a faucet opening up a little more. If this trend holds, we’ll have the faucet fully going,." - Robert Anthony, CMS’ Office of e-Health Standards and Services.
CMS issued a total of $264 million in payments in August, twice as much as paid out in July, and $652 million for the year to date.
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Sources:
(a) EHR incentive program ramps up to 90,000 providers - Government Health IT, September 15, 2011


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