Wednesday, November 5, 2014

$25B in Meaningful Use Payments

Incentive payments to hospitals and professionals participating in the meaningful use program have topped $25 billion as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, according the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

"The ONC expects the attestation numbers to increase as most providers wait until the "last minute" to attest."
- Dawn Heisey-Grove, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
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Sources:
(a) Meaningful Use Payments Reach $25B as of Sept. 30, CMS Says - www.HealthBeat.org, 11/04/2014

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