ARRA Financial Incentives

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Financial Incentives for U.S. Physicians - Updated October 18, 2010

In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) — part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — established criteria for Medicare and Medicaid participating physicians to receive financial incentives for using EHRs in a meaningful manner. Implementation of certified EHR technology will enable physician practices to take advantage of Federal Stimulus funding of up to $44,000 in additional Medicare payments and up to $63,750 in additional Medicaid payments between 2011 and 2015.

Official CMS EHR Incentive Programs Website (Provides information about the EHR incentive programs, including eligibility for the programs, how to register, meaningful use, and EHR training and events.)

Medicare Incentive Payments Tip Sheet (Sept 2010) - Click here to download

In order to apply for incentive payments, eligible providers must be enrolled in PECOS, the Medicare (Provider Enrolment, Chain, and Ownership System) - Click here to register with PECOS

FAQs - ARRA Financial Incentives (Source ACP)

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  • Are there bonus payments for EHR use in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?

  • How does the Medicare incentive program work?

  • How does the Medicaid program work?

  • If I qualify for the Medicaid program, how do I choose which program to use?

  • How will I demonstrate meaningful use?

  • Are there any limitations on how long I have to be using the system before I qualify for the bonus?

  • How will I know if a particular EHR system is a qualifying system?

  • How much are the bonus payments from Medicare?

  • By what date must I be using a qualifying system in order to qualify for the maximum bonus?

  • What if I already have an EHR system?

  • What if I purchase an EHR system this year?

  • What happens if I choose not to implement an EHR system?

  • Are there less expensive options?

  • Is there any other help available?