EHR Incentive Payments Doubled In Last Three Months Of 2011

Combined payments to physicians and other so-called eligible professionals jumped 99% over the same period to nearly $570.4 million.

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Source: Modern Healthcare

There were 176,049 active registrants in the programs by the end of December, up 27% since October, according to the CMS' data. Among them, 98% were eligible professionals; 2% were hospitals. About 75% of eligible professionals receiving payments—10,530 of them—are physicians, with nurse practitioners, dentists, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants accounting for the rest, according to the CMS.

Total payments to hospitals through the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health-record system incentive programs more than doubled from October through December to more than $1.9 billion, according to the CMS' latest monthly report on payment and registration support.