CMS to Provide Bonus Payments for Implementing Electronic Health Records

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Health care providers could receive financial incentives through Medicare or Medicaid for increasing their use of electronic records under a proposed plan the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled late last year. The general reaction among potential participants in the program was support for the overall idea, but trepidation that CMS was asking providers to do too much too soon to qualify.

The program will provide bonus payments from Medicare or Medicaid to physicians, hospitals, and “eligible professionals” (EPs) for demonstrating a “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs). Medicare providers who meet the requirements can