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$653 million in EHR incentives paid so far

Many hospitals and doctors have already received incentive payments for qualified EHR implementations. And soon, there will be another option available for providers that feel they haven’t gotten their fair share.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than $653 million in incentive payments has been handed out so far to cover the costs of moving to electronic health record (EHR) systems, Modern Healthcare reports.

The Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009, have registered more than 90,000 organizations or individual providers through the end of August, the CMS said.

The total funding given includes $389 million in Medicaid incentives, and $264 million paid under the Medicare program. Medicare payments are lower because that program has a higher eligibility threshold, including a requirement that providers demonstrate “meaningful use” of an EHR system.

The CMS, however, has announced there will soon be a system in place for providers to appeal decisions denying them Medicare payments because they failed to meet meaningful use or other requirements.

The appeals process is scheduled to become available starting November 1. The CMS said it will release further details on its website in the coming weeks.

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