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CMS States Over 4,000 Providers Have Registered for EHR Medical Records Incentives-First Incentives Paid Out Last Week

Posted Jan 11 2011 4:16pm

The entire incentive package goes up to as high as $44,000 for Medicare and up to $63,000 from Medicaid for using electronic medical records.  Hospitals of course stand to gain much in the way of incentives for their incentives.  The longer that image providers wait though the incentives get smaller.  Last week I posted about the very first incentive check that were received by a small practice of 2 doctors in Oklahoma who each received $21k. 

The University of Kentucky teaching hospital received 2.86 million, nothing to sneeze at here by any means!  In February registration opens for California, (a big one), Missouri, and North Dakota.  Keep an eye open for when states open their Medicaid incentives too.  Additional information and how to register can be found at my prior post with links to the CMS website and information pages. 

Registration for EHR Incentive Program To Register for Stimulus Money Opens Jan 3rd

In the first four days since its launch, about 4,000 healthcare providers initiated registration for the electronic health record incentive program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency provided the preliminary count as of Jan. 6.

“We expect that number will continue to increase daily,” said CMS spokesman Joseph Kuchler.

Providers access the CMS registration portal , which became operational Jan. 3, to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program.

For example, one of the components is the use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems for 30 percent of medication orders.

“CPOE is one of the most important processes in an inpatient setting, and it can drive both the quality and efficiency of care,” he said in a statement.

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