CMS has released Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive payments totaling over $30 billion to 447,842 eligible hospitals and professionals as of March. Around $3.6 billion was given to qualified Medicaid professionals, $7.7 billion went to qualified Medicare professionals, eligible hospitals nabbed $18.3 billion and Medicare Advantage groups received $400 million. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/21)Read more
As of February 2015, Medicare eligible professionals have higher rates of successfully attesting to meaningful use than Medicaid EPs, according to the April 7 ONC Health IT Policy Committee meeting materials.
Here are four more key updates on meaningful use attestation. Data are through February 2015.
More eligible professionals have registered with the Medicaid program (176,000) than CMS […]Read more
Over the past year, approximately 120 organizations have become ACOs in public and private programs, bringing the total to 744 since 2011.
In addition to growth in the total number of ACOs, there has been continued growth in the number of people covered by ACO arrangements. Since the start of 2014, an estimated 4.5 million more […]
The HHS’ Office of Inspector General is auditing payments made under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR meaningful use incentive program to ensure funds are being properly used. Findings from two states involving Medicaid data are mixed. In Florida, Medicaid data involving 42 hospitals indicate incentive payment calculations were accurate under federal and state laws. However, […]Read more
States have embraced the use of rewards and incentives to drive healthy behavior in their Medicaid programs. Here is a great summary of the activity in various states:
Walgreens announced changes to its Balance Rewards Program that will take effect in May.
Customers on Medicare and Medicaid will no longer be excluded from earning points on prescriptions, allowing all members to earn points at the Pharmacy.
These changes, however, will reduce the number of points many other customers will receive for filling prescriptions. Starting in […]
During the most recent meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided financial figures for both meaningful use penalties and incentives.The latest EHR Incentive Programs update from CMS estimates howmeaningful use penalties will affect eligible professionals in 2015.The figures related to Medicare payment adjustments (i.e., meaningful use penalties), however, are only estimates. […]Read more
The total sum of EHR incentive payments grew to $28.1 billion through the end of 2014. Medicare and Medicaid EPs have received $6.8 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively. Eligible hospitals, meanwhile, account for $17.4 billion in EHR incentive payments.
As for 2014 meaningful use attestations through February 1, the number of successful attestations by EPs grew by nearly […]
As of December 2014, more than 431,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In May 2013, CMS announced that more than half of all eligible health care providers had been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
More than $18.8 billion in […]Read more
As of November 2014, more than 428,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In May 2013, CMS announced that more than half of all eligible health care providers had been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Read the press release here.