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New EHR Data Brief Takes a Closer Look at EHR Participation

Written by Kaitlyn Houseman | January 31, 2014

This week, we released a new data brief outlining how providers are progressing with participation in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Today, let's take a closer look at the EHR Data Brief, and some of the exciting progress we saw as we begin our fourth year of the programs.

Registration
Since the inception of the programs in 2011, more than 436,000 eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals are actively registered in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs:

  • Approximately 93% of all eligible hospitals have registered to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs.
  • Approximately 82% of all eligible professionals have registered to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs.

We are very pleased with the level of participation in these programs and hope to reach 100% provider participation this year.

Meaningful Use
The data show that providers aren’t just registering for the EHR Incentive Programs, they are meeting, and often far exceeding, the requirements for meaningful use.

For the objectives requiring that providers perform medication reconciliation, maintain an active medication list, and maintain an active allergy list, eligible professionals are surpassing threshold (minimum result of numerator over denominator) requirements.   

Objective

Required Threshold

Actual Average Performance

Medication List

80%

97%

Medication Allergy List

80%

97%

Medication Reconciliation

50%

90%

These are objectives that help ensure patients do not have adverse drug reactions, and these performance results show we’re already seeing improvements in preventing adverse events. 

In addition, more patients have been engaging in their care as a result of providers exceeding meaningful use requirements.

Objective

Required Threshold

Actual Average Performance

E–Copy of Health Information

50%

97%

Office Visit Summaries

50%

81%

Timely Electronic Access

10%

75%

While eligible professionals are only required to provide 10% of unique patients with timely electronic access to their health information to meet the menu objective, the average result is 75%.

Payments
More than 334,000 providers have received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Thousands of providers were paid for their successful participation since 2011: 

  • More than 107,000 Medicaid eligible professionals received an EHR incentive payment.
  • More than 221,000 Medicare eligible professionals received an EHR incentive payment.

Even more exciting, of the more than 215,288 Medicare eligible professionals that had attested at the time of analysis in 2013, 215,075 were successful— a 99.9% success rate.

We are looking forward to this year, and hope to continue seeing these positive trends in EHR Incentive Programs participation.