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$2.5 billion in EHR incentives paid in 2011

The number of doctors and hospitals getting federal incentives for implementing electronic health records increased sharply last month. 

In 2011, 176,000 doctors registered for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, receiving a total of $2.5 billion in incentives, Government Health IT reports.

Those numbers reached that level thanks to a particularly strong December for registration in the programs. In November, the total incentives paid had reached $1.8 billion.

The final total for last year will increase even further, because doctors have until the end of February to register for the Medicare program and receive payment for what’s considered year 2011.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) predicts 2012 will be an even bigger year for incentive payments, as more doctors and hospitals beyond the early adopters begin registering for the programs.

More information about the incentive programs can be found on CMS’s website here.

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