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$5.7 billion in EHR incentives paid so far

Has your facility received any government funding for adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system? A lot of facilities have – and a lot of money has been handed out already. 

So far, about $5.7 billion worth of incentives have been paid, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently announced. That surpassed a goal set three months ago by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Farzad Mostashari.

The goal: to have 100,000 healthcare providers in the program by the end of this year. As of the end of May 2012:

  • More than 110,000 doctors and over 2,400 hospitals have received funding through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs
  • Approximately 48% of all eligible hospitals in the country have received an incentive payment, and
  • One out of every five eligible professionals in the U.S. has received an incentive payment.

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