ARRA Q&A: When will you get the EMR stimulus checks?

Posted on February 19, 2010 I Written By

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EMR and HIPAA Answer to EMR Stimulus Questions
When will they send the EMR stimulus checks?
I already posted about when the first EMR stimulus checks will go out. This question is a little different since it is about when during the year will you get paid the EMR stimulus once you’ve shown “meaningful use” of a “certified EHR.”

I honestly didn’t know the answer to this question until a few days ago. I’m still not completely sure on the process. Plus, I’m not sure if all the details have really been answered for this question. With that said, Justin Barnes from Greenway said during a webinar that you’ll receive your EMR stimulus check once you reach the max for that year. So, according to Justin, you’ll receive the check once you reach the $18k the first year.

This was pretty surprising to me. I would have thought they’d pay you out a little at a time as you went once you’d satisfied the meaningful use requirement. However, I guess it makes for easier accounting if you just do it all at once. Does anyone else have information on this part of it? It was the first time I’d heard someone describe when the money would actually be paid.