CMS Continues to Send Meaningful Use Bonuses

Since January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has allocated more than $158 million as part of its meaningful use incentive program, according to an American Medical News report.

On May 19, CMS said that more than 300 qualified stage 1 electronic health records users received meaningful use payments, and that number is due to increase as physicians and hospitals have until the end of 2012 to qualify for the maximum bonus for stage 1.

"Through the EHR incentive programs, we are helping eligible providers invest in their technology infrastructure," National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, said in the report. "But this isn't just about technology. The goal is better and safer healthcare, and that means it's about patients, about their healthcare and protection of their information."

Read the American Medical News report on meaningful use bonuses.

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