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The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: What You Need to Know

September 21, 2010

CMS, pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”), published a final rule on July 28, 2010 setting forth the parameters by which certain eligible professionals and hospitals must demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records technology in order to qualify for incentive payments. ARRA established 2 programs under which providers can receive incentive payments for meaningful use of EHR, one under Medicaid, known as the “Medicaid Incentive Program” and one under Medicare, known as the “Medicare Incentive Program.” 

With this Client Alert, it is our goal to decipher this complex rule and provide a concise summary so that our clients can decide whether to participate in the EHR Programs and if so, what program(s) to elect and how to best prepare themselves. We have therefore prepared this Client Alert to: (i) give you an overview of the EHR Programs; (ii) explain who’s eligible to participate in the EHR Programs; (iii) summarize the financial incentives and penalties for those who do and do not meaningfully use EHR; and (iv) briefly outline how to demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHR.

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