Majority of hospitals, docs have received EHR incentives
By Joseph Conn
Eight out of 10 eligible hospitals and 58% of eligible physicians and other medical professionals have received payments totaling $15.5 billion under the federal electronic health record incentive payment program, according to the latest CMS data."4,024 hospitals have shared nearly $9.2 billion dollars to adopt, implement, upgrade and/or meaningfully use certified EHRs"
Through June, 4,024 hospitals have shared nearly $9.2 billion dollars to adopt, implement, upgrade and/or meaningfully use certified EHRs under the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive payment programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
In addition, 305,778 physicians and other eligible professionals have been paid more than $6.3 billion under the Recovery Act’s Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Advantage EHR incentive payment programs, the CMS report said.
There are 4,477 hospitals that have registered for the programs, which leave just 11% of the 5,011 eligible hospitals that have not registered. Meanwhile, 400,960 physicians and EPs have registered, which leaves 24% of the estimated 527,200 eligible physicians and other EPs that have not registered.
Note the weasely boolean "or." "AIU" (Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade to an ONC CHPL Certified EHR system) has been viewed by many skeptics as the "free money" part of the MU program -- a year one "baby steps" initiative for the more marginal Medicaid cohort. On the ambulatory side, if, say, you're a Medicaid Peds or OB provider, sign up for the "free" Practice Fusion and collect $21,250 year one AIU money per doc just for attesting "AIU"
-- without having to meet or exceed the MU Stage 1 criteria (and, notably, without having to comply with that pesky and onerous Core 15 ePHI Security measure set forth in 45 CFR 164.308 et seq).