Healthcare providers receive $75 million for EHR use

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Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that healthcare providers who have met meaningful use requirements for the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) have received a total of $75 in incentive payments so far, Media Health Leaders reports.

The incentives are a result of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. This legislation rewards those facilities that implement health informatics tools such as EHRs in order to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of patient care.

This first round of payments went to healthcare providers who signed up within the first two weeks of the Medicare EHR program, the news outlet reports.

As of this week, the centers said that over 300 hospitals and individual physicians have received the incentive payments. At a press conference, officials said that these facilities include Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Colorado’s Bender Medical Group and Texas’ El Paso Heart Center.

A recent study by Sage Healthcare Division suggests that more providers will switch to EHRs in the future, as 81 percent of patients have a positive perception of the health informatics tool.