CMS Has Paid $37M in EHR Incentives

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tweeted today that it has paid out more than $37 million in incentive payments for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. “The #Medicare & #Medicaid #EHR Incentive Programs have paid out $37,570,328.55 in Jan. & Feb. Get your share,” it announced.

Last week CMS added new and updated information on its meaningful use FAQ Web page. The new FAQs clarify the term “reasonable cost” for critical access hospitals and provide information about whether large healthcare practices can register more than one employee at a time for the meaningful use program.

Other questions address whether eligible professionals can participate and earn incentive payments in the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System, the 2011 Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program, and the meaningful use incentive program at the same time and whether eligible professionals and eligible hospitals must demonstrate meaningful use in the exact way that EHR technology was tested and certified.


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