Meaningful Use payments top $24.8 billion

The Meaningful Use program has paid providers more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments since its inception, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' latest report.

The report, presented by Elisabeth Myers at CMS' Office of e-Standards and Services to ONC's Health IT Policy Committee on Sept. 3, stated that as of July 2014, there are 487,866 active registrants in the program and payments have amounted to $24,873,262,183. More than 92 percent of eligible hospitals have received payment under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, 90 percent of eligible professionals have registered for the program, and 75 percent of eligible professionals have made a financial commitment to implementing electronic health records.

However, the statistics on Stage 2 of Meaningful Use are not as rosy. While 3,152 eligible professionals and 143 eligible hospitals have attested to Stage 2, only 795 eligible professionals and six eligible hospitals have received payment for those attestations. Slides

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