The following excerpt was originally posted on iHealthBeat.org, on February 11th, 2015, about EHR penalties:
"Eligible professionals this year will pay about $200 million in penalties for failing to meet Medicare meaningful use requirements, according to new data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin , Health Data Management, 2/11).
Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
In December 2014, a CMS official said starting Jan. 1 the agency would send letters to providers notifying them of a 1% reduction in Medicare payments for not meeting program criteria (iHealthBeat, 12/17/14).
The latest ONC data show that as of Feb. 1:
- 91,033 eligible professionals have attested to Stage 1; and
- 36,782 eligible professionals have attested to Stage 2."