American Medical News
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 13, 2013
Nearly half of medical professionals eligible for the meaningful use program have received an incentive check, according to the latest numbers released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
CMS said 255,772 out of an estimated 527,000 health care professionals got a total of $5.2 billion in incentive payments as of March. Of those, 160,890 received payment through Medicare; 83,765 were paid from Medicaid; and 11,117 received payment through the Medicare Advantage program. There are 386,024 physicians and other eligible professionals in the program (link).
CMS said 3,858 eligible hospitals have gotten a total of nearly $8.6 billion in incentive payments.