States Issue First EHR Incentive Payments

Two states have made the first EHR incentive payments, just two days after the meaningful use program opened for registration.

Oklahoma and Kentucky made a total of three Medicaid payments for “adoption, implemention, or upgrade” of EHR systems on January 5, according to an e-mail announcement from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Kentucky issued $2.86 million to the University of Kentucky’s teaching hospital, University of Kentucky Healthcare. The payment constitutes one-third of the hospital’s overall expected amount for participating in the program.

In Oklahoma, two physicians at the Gastorf Family Clinic of Durant received $21,250 each for adopting certified EHRs.

Eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the Medicare portion of the program must demonstrate 90 continuous days of meaningful use of EHRs before being eligible for payments. CMS expects to make the first Medicare payments in May.

[updated January 7]

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