As expected the first EMR stimulus checks have been issued and we’re starting to learn who the first providers are to receive the checks. There’s even the obligatory big check picture accompanying the coverage of the first EMR stimulus checks.
According to a Government Health IT article, University of Kentucky Healthcare received a $2.86 million payment. That’s a nice chunk of change and represents a third of the hospital’s overall expected payment from CMS. I think most hospitals would enjoy a check like that. Of course, what we don’t know is how much University of Kentucky Healthcare spent to purchase and implement their EMR. I’m sure we’ll see those numbers come out as more people get their EMR stimulus checks.
The first EMR stimulus checks on the ambulatory EMR side seem to have gone to two physicians at the Gastorf Family Clinic in Durant, OK (pictured above). They each got $21,250 for showing “meaningful use” of a “certified EHR.” Of course, e-MDs was quick to issue the press release about this clinic being e-MDs users. Not a bad move for them to try and be the first. Sounds like the Oklahoma REC (OFMQ) also deserves some credit for helping them get the first EMR stimulus checks.
Related to this, we’re also starting to see the first numbers come in as far as those registered with CMS for EHR incentives. In the Government Health IT article linked above they report in the first four days since the launch of registration, about 4,000 healthcare providers registered (as of January 6). Not a bad start and I’m sure that will continue to grow day by day since many won’t care to register until after they’re close to showing the 90 days of meaningful use.