More than 250,000 physicians and other medical professionals eligible for the federally funded electronic health record incentive payment programs have received payments, according to the latest government data.
In its monthly update about the programs (PDF), the CMS reports that through March, a total of 255,772 so-called “eligible professionals,” or EPs, have been paid—160,890, or 63% of them so far, through the federally administered Medicare EHR incentive payment program, 83,765, or 33%, through state-run Medicaid programs; and 11,117, or 4%, through the federal Medicare Advantage program.
Medicare and Medicare Advantage EPs are physicians, optometrists, podiatrists, chiropractors and dentists. Medicaid EPs are physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified nurse-midwifes. Physicians account for roughly 91% of the Medicare EPs, but about 73% of Medicaid EPs, the CMS data shows.
An estimated 527,200 EPs are eligible to participate in the three programs, according to the CMS, so 48.5% of EPs are now paid participants. They've split $5.2 billion since payments began in January 2011.
On the hospital side, 3,858 of 5,011 total eligible hospitals, or 77%, have been paid a combined total of nearly $8.5 billion in EHR incentive money under Medicare, Medicaid or both.
All told, all programs have paid out just over $13.7 billion. The programs were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.