First Providers Earn Meaningful Use Incentives – Meaningful Use Monday

Posted on June 13, 2011 I Written By

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.

CMS published a list (pdf) of the first providers who received incentive payments under the Medicare portion of the EHR program. What distinguishes these incentive recipients from those announced in early January—(See “Meaningful Use? Not Yet”)—is that these providers actually had to attest to earning these incentives by demonstrating meaningful use. The earlier recipients received their payments through the Medicaid program, which for the first year’s incentive only requires adoption, implementation, or upgrade of a certified EHR, not meaningful use.

There are 320 providers on this first Medicare list. Here’s how the list breaks down:

  • Approximately 40 are hospitals/health care centers.
  • As anticipated, the vast majority of the physicians are primary-care providers—over two-thirds if you include cardiologists.
  • Surgical specialists are significantly underrepresented—also as expected. (There are only 11 orthopaedists, for example.)
  • And for some reason, there are a relatively large number of podiatrists among these first meaningful users.

So, if you are in need of some tips on how to successfully meet the meaningful use requirements and/or navigate the attestation process, you might want to browse through the list (pdf) and see if you recognize any names.

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money. Check out Lynn’s previous Meaningful Use Monday posts.