Health Information Management

Q&A: EHR incentive payments

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 12, 2010

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Q. When will the CMS begin to pay Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentives to eligible professionals and hospitals the demonstration of meaningful use of certified EHR technology?

A. CMS expects that Medicare incentive will begin to be paid in May 2011. Medicaid incentives will be paid by the states and will also begin in 2011 but the timing will vary by state. Under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, incentives can also be paid for the adoption, implementation, or upgrade of certified EHR technology.
For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please visit
Editor’s note: CMS has published a number of other new and updated FAQs on the EHR incentive program. Visit the CMS website to see the complete list.

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