Interesting to hear the $75 million number. Certainly it’s still early in the year, so it will be interesting to see these same numbers after the first year of the EHR incentive money. Plus, it’s important to note that this $75 million required the hospitals and medical practices to show meaningful use.
A few excerpts from the article that’s linked above:
CMS officially released on Thursday information about the more than 300 hospitals and physicians that received the incentive payments. Award amounts were not included. The list includes:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, Mass.)
Bender Medical Group (Ft. Collins, Colo.)
El Paso Heart Center (El Paso, Texas)
Hewitt Medical Group (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Northshore University Health System (Evanston, Ill.)
Regents of the University of California (Sacramento, Calif.)
Wellmont Cardiology Services (Kingsport, Tenn.)
300 hospitals and Physicians. How many doctors does that still leave? Well, let’s just say that 300 gets rounded to 100% I think. I’d also guess if you took all of the payments made to physicians, it would be a very small percentage of the 75%. I’ll have to dig into this a bit more.
Including the $83.3 million in incentive paid for the Medicaid EHR program, CMS has now distributed $158.3 million in incentives.
$158.3 million. They’re working their way to the $36 billion. It’s still early in the year.