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What are the incentives for adopting and meaningfully using certified EHR technology?

Incentives for eligible professionals under the Medicaid Meaningful Use program are capped at $21,250 in the first year and $8,500 in each of five remaining consecutive years.  Thus, the maximum incentive payment an eligible professional could receive equals $63,750 over a period of six years.  Pediatricians with a Medicaid patient volume of 20 percent to 29 percent of their total patient volume can receive two-thirds of this maximum amount.  Hospital incentive payments are based on a number of factors, beginning with a $2 million base payment.  

The maximum Medicaid incentive payment for eligible professionals is higher than the maximum Medicare payment: Medicaid eligible professionals can receive up to $63,750 over six years; Medicare eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over five years, with a 10 percent bonus for Medicare eligible professionals who predominantly furnish services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). (HPSA bonuses, however, are not available to providers participating in the Medicaid incentive program.)  

Related Resources:

Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments for Eligible Professionals – CMS brochure for Medicaid eligible professionals describing payments.  
CMS Finalizes Requirements for Medicaid EHR Program – CMS Fact Sheet released July 16, 2010.   

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