$7.7B in Meaningful Use Payments says September CMS Report

CMS has released the September 2012 EHR Incentive Program report showing over $7.7B dollars paid out to professionals and hospitals under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. The combined Medicare and Medicaid Payments thru September 2012 by state graph shows Texas, California, Florida, and New York as the top recipients.

Eligible Hospital (EH) participation continues to improve with a slight increase in registration and in those receiving payments. The “Paid Hospitals” number is greater than “Registered Hospitals” which may be due to a error in the roll up which should be corrected next month.  Eligible Providers (EP’s) physicians and other specialties may only qualify and receive payments for either the Medicare or the Medicaid program. EP participation continues to improve but remains will below the 75% participation goal set by HHS.

CMS is required by the HITECH Act to disclose details of EP’s and EH’s receiving payments under the Medicare Incentive Use program. Names, business phone numbers, and business addresses of EP’s and EH’s are published quarterly and may be found here for those receiving payments as of the end of June 2012.

Summary statistics are published monthly per specialty. Of the 82,535 EP’s receiving payments thru September 2012, the majority are physicians. However, 10% of EP’s paid were from non physician groups.

Of the 74,035 EP’s that were physicians receiving MU payments, family practitioners and internists continue to comprise the majority.

CMS updated the monthly payments which continue to rise as the end of the attestation period is coming for both EP’s and EH’s to receive full benefits under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. EP’s must attest by February 2013 and EH’s must attest by December 2012 to receive payment for 2011.