Choosing an EHR Incentive Program
Unsure which Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is right for you? CMS has resources to help you make this important decision.
Learning more about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and how they differ can help inform your decision.
Here are a few key differences between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
For Eligible Professionals:
The maximum payment for Eligible Professionals (EPs) registering for the Medicare program is $44,000, with a possible 10% increase for EPs in a health professional shortage area. The maximum payment for EPs registering for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is $63,750.
EPs must demonstrate meaningful use for each year of participation in the Medicare program to receive payments. The Medicaid program begins providing payments in the first year after EPs adopt, implement, or upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. For the second through the sixth years of participation in the Medicaid program, EPs must demonstrate meaningful use to receive payments.
For Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals:
Under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) can begin receiving incentive payments in any year from FY 2011 to FY 2015, but payments decrease for hospitals beginning to receive payments in 2014 or later. With the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, EHs and CAHs can begin receiving incentive payments in any year from FY 2011 to FY 2016.
Children's hospitals, cancer hospitals, or acute care hospitals in the U.S. territories are only eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
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For All Eligible Participants:
For both EPs and EHs, the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program may not yet be available in your state, as it is voluntary for states to implement this program. Review the Medicaid State Information page on the CMS website to learn if your state is participating in the program, and when it may be launching.
To see more differences between these two programs, check out the EHR Incentive Programs Comparison Chart on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.
We encourage you to review the comparison chart to find the right EHR Incentive Program for you, and to use the Eligibility Wizard to determine which program you are eligible for.
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