News | June 20, 2012

More Than 100,000 Healthcare Providers Using EMRs

CMS and ONC surpass 2012 goals for EHR adoption and use

June 20, 2012 — More than 100,000 healthcare providers are using electronic health records (EHRs) that meet federal standards and have benefited from the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced.

Three months ago, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., declared a goal of getting 100,000 healthcare providers to adopt or use EHRs by the end of 2012. That goal has been met and surpassed.

The EHR incentive programs, which began in 2011, provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or meaningfully use certified EHR technology in ways that improve care. Eligible professionals include physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and some physician assistants. The program was established by the Health Information for Clinical and Economic Health Act of 2009 (HITECH).

As of the end of May 2012:

More than 110,000 eligible professionals and over 2,400 eligible hospitals have been paid by the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Approximately 48 percent of all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals in the United States have received an incentive payment for adopting, implementing, upgrading, or meaningfully using an EHR. 

One out of every five Medicare and Medicaid eligible professionals in the United States has received an incentive payment for adopting, implementing, upgrading, or meaningfully using an EHR. 

More than $5.7 billion in EHR Incentive Program payments were made.

More than $3 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments were made between May 2011 (when the first payments were released) and the end of May 2012.

More than $2.6 billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments were made between January 2011 (when the first states launched their programs) and the end of May 2012.

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments for using EHR technology in ‘meaningful’ ways that lead to higher quality care, improved patient safety and shared decision making by patients and physicians. Under both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals can receive support and financial incentives or implementing and meaningfully using certified EHR technology.

Forty four states are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program as of May 2012. 

For more information: www.cms.gov/ehrincentiveprograms/

Related Content

Enterprise Imaging Growing Its Share of Imaging IT Market
Feature | Enterprise Imaging | August 18, 2017
August 16, 2017 — A new imaging information technology (IT) market report from Signify Research suggests...
MaineHealth Selects eUnity Platform for Clinical and Diagnostic Viewing
News | Enterprise Imaging | August 17, 2017
August 17, 2017 — Client Outlook recently announced that MaineHealth has selected eUnity as its...
Houston Methodist Hospital Enters Multi-Year Technology and Research Agreement With Siemens Healthineers
News | Imaging | August 17, 2017
Houston Methodist Hospital and Siemens Healthineers have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring cutting-edge...
ScImage Awarded U.S. Government DIN-PACS IV Contract
News | PACS | August 16, 2017
ScImage Inc. was recently awarded a new DIN-PACS IV (Digital Imaging Network/Picture Archiving and Communications...
Neighbors Emergency Center Selects Novarad PACS/RIS
News | PACS | August 15, 2017
August 15, 2017 — Novarad Corp.
Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Enterprise Imaging | August 11, 2017
All around the world, regulatory requirements and market forces are driving a growing demand for higher-quality, more-...
RSNA Announces Pediatric Bone Age Machine Learning Challenge
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 10, 2017
August 10, 2017 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is organizing a challenge intended to show the app
Xavier University Announces Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Summit
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 07, 2017
Xavier University has launched the Xavier Center for Artificial Intelligence (AI), a pioneering effort to accelerate...
Fujifilm Launches Synapse PACS Version 5
Technology | PACS | August 03, 2017
August 3, 2017 – Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.
The team from Smart City Networks, the first corporate donor for the HIMSS Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship

The team from Smart City Networks, the first corporate donor for the HIMSS Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship, came together during HIMSS17 for the check presentation. From left to right: Tim Overall, general manager; Marty Rubin, chief executive officer; Steve Lieber, HIMSS president/CEO; Frank Loyke, senior event coordinator; and Jennifer Way, assistant general manager

News | Information Technology | August 01, 2017
The Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship, sponsored by the HIMSS Foundation, recognizes the leadership and passion for...
Overlay Init