CMS meaningful use payments widespread as EHR adoption grows

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid out more than $90 million in payments as part of its meaningful use federal incentive program, according to Healthcare IT News.

The figures were announced by Robert Anthony from the CMS’ office of e-health standards and services at a recent meeting of the Healthcare IT (HIT) Policy Committee. The regulatory body recently paid out more than $25 million to 1,400 eligible hospitals for their adoption and demonstrated use of medical informatics networks. The CMS also paid out approximately $61 million to 30 dually eligible hospitals under the meaningful use initiative.

“We are well on track to pay out $1 billion by the end of this year,” Anthony said, as quoted by the news source. To date, the CMS has dispensed more than $870 million in financial incentive payments.

At the meeting, Anthony also reported that CMS has seen an increase of 70 percent in the number of eligible providers enrolling in the program. As many as 17,000 healthcare providers registered for the meaningful use program in September alone, according to CMS figures.

Anthony informed the HIT policy committee that although the number of registered providers has increased, success rates of clinical informatics adoption demonstrating meaningful use criteria have varied. There have been more successful hospitals registering in the program than small- to mid-sized healthcare providers. According to the news source, all 302 hospitals that attested to meaningful use compliance were certified as adhering to proper protocols by the CMS.

According to Health Data Management, 33 states across the U.S. have reported issuing meaningful use incentive payments. Medicaid facilities in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Utah and Vermont have demonstrated meaningful use of clinical informatics systems.

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