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Medicare Incentives

Who is Eligible for Medicare Incentives?

  • Doctors of Medicine or Osteopathy
  • Doctors of Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine
  • Doctors of Podiatric Medicine
  • Doctors of Optometry
  • Chiropractors
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Medicare Advantage Hospitals
  • "Subsection (d) hospitals" paid under hospital inpatient prospective payment system

How much could I receive in incentives?

Medicare Eligible Provider Incentive Payments
*First year in which the Medicare eligible provider qualifies to receive incentive payment

Calendar Year 2011* 2012* 2013* 2014*
2011 $18,000      
2012 $12,000 $18,000    
2013 $8,000 $12,000 $15,000  
2014 $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 $12,000
2015 $2,000 $4,000 $8,000 $8,000
2016   $2,000 $4,000 $4,000
Total $44,000 $44,000 $39,000 $24,000

 

How do I qualify to receive incentives?

To qualify for Medicare incentive payments, Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) must successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology for year of participation. Under the Medicare Incentive Program, EPs who are able to demonstrate meaningful use can received up to $44,000 over five years. Medicare eligible professionals must begin participation by 2012 to receive the maximum incentive payment. The annual amount of the incentive payment limit for each payment year will increase by 10 percent for Medicare EPs who predominately serve in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

In 2015, Medicare payment reimbursements will be reduced for Medicare EPs who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use. Those reductions start at 1 percent and increase up to 5 percent for every year that a Medicare EP is unable to demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology.

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The devastating tornado that swept through Joplin, Missouri on May 22 completely destroyed a number of physician offices, including that of Tracy Godfrey, MD, a Family Practitioner with the Family Health Center of Joplin. But thanks to electronic health records, Godfrey had access to all of her patients' information, and in less than three days after the catastrophe, the practice was able to reopen its doors at a temporary location. More EHR Success Stories