CMS EHR Incentive Programs Pay Out Over $6B thru the end of June 2012

The CMS June 2012 EHR Incentive Program Report shows $6,174,030,866 in payments from January of 2011 to the end of June 2012. Payments under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program started in January 2011 while the Medicare EHR incentive payments started in May 2011.

The Payments by State Graph shows that Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio continue to lead in payments received under the EHR Incentive Programs.
Texas and California payments are dominated by the Medicaid Program. Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio received the majority of their payments under the Medicare program. Detailed state by state EHR Program Payments available here.


As of the end of June, 75% of the Eligible Hospitals (EH’s) had registered for the program meeting the HHS goal of 75% participation. Most of the registered EH’s have also received payments under the program. 49% of Eligible Professionals (EP’s) have registered for the program and less than half of the registered EP’s have received payments as of the end of June 2012. The majority of EP’s are in the Medicare program and can qualify for either the Medicare or Medicaid program but not both. However, EH’s can participate in both programs and have elected to do so as shown by the registrations in both programs.

CMS is only required by law to show a breakdown of payments by specialty for the Medicare program. Of the 62,177 EP’s that have received Medicare Payments to date, 55,275 were Doctors of Medicine or Osteopathy. The rest were dentists, optometrists, podiatrists or chiropractors. Of the physicians receiving payments, the vast majority, 42% were either family practitioners or internists.


EP incentive payments per month peak at February which was the last day to receive payments for 2011. EH payments peak in December which was the last day for EH’s to attest to receive payments for 2011. October 3, 2012 is the last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year 2012 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. And the last chance to receive the maximum incentive payment under the program.

July 3, 2012 was the last day for eligible hospitals to begin their 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.