Nearly 7,500 Meaningful Use Payments Awarded in July, Official Says

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At a Health IT Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday, a CMS official announced that nearly 7,500 meaningful use incentive payments were distributed in July, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (Walsh, Clinical Innovation & Technology, 8/7).

Background

According to data released by CMS last week, 4,024 eligible hospitals had received nearly $9.2 billion in meaningful use incentive payments as of the end of June.

In total, 58% of eligible professionals and 80% of eligible hospitals have received incentive payments totaling $15.5 billion since the meaningful use program launched in 2011, CMS said (iHealthBeat, 7/31).

Details of the Meeting

During the meeting, Robert Anthony -- a health insurance specialist at CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services -- said that more than 75% of eligible providers have registered for the meaningful use program and that 7,425 incentive payments were made last month.

Jennifer King -- chief of ONC's research and evaluation division -- said that there are 405,000 active registrations for meaningful use and that 12% of all Medicaid providers have demonstrated meaningful use of EHRs (Clinical Innovation & Technology, 8/7).


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