Each office-based physician who uses an ARRA meaningful use certified EHR could receive up to $44,000 in case of Medicare or $64,000 in case of Medicaid in government funding. Office-based physicians practicing in rural or underserved areas would be eligible for up to $48,400 in Medicare incentives. It's important to note that these figures represent the maximum allowable incentives under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and that physicians may only qualify for either the Medicare or the Medicaid funding, but cannot qualify for both.
The Medicare EHR Incentive Program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology in their first year of participation and demonstrate meaningful use for up to five remaining participation years.
Any Medicare provider who are 'Eligible Professionals' under the Medicare HIT incentive program are eligible for incentives. 'Eligible professionals' are limited to physicians as defined in the Social Security Act (§1861(r)). This includes:
To receive Medicare incentive payments, the physician must:
The Medicaid HIT Incentive program expands the definition of 'eligible professionals' to include:
To receive Medicaid incentive payments, eligible professionals must:
Although the incentives are not dependent on the eligible provider being a participating Medicare provider, the incentive amounts available to any provider is the lesser of 133% of their annual billed Medicare Part B charges or the maximum payment specified for the year in the regulations.
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