Meaningful Use Payouts Top $16.5 Billion

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | November 11, 2013

Participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program continues to increase, with more than 425,000 active registrations of eligible professionals and eligible hospitals. Overall, 325,000 unique providers have been paid incentives representing more than $16.5 billion in payouts, according to an article in Government Health IT.

The article, reporting on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Nov. 6 Health IT Policy Committee meeting, also relayed that 91 percent of U.S. hospitals have registered for the Meaningful Use program, and that about 83 percent of them have received an incentive payment. Roughly 56 percent of eligible professionals are meaningful users of their EHRs, and 61 percent of all eligible Medicare providers are non-primary care physicians. [...]