EMR Stimulus Question and Answer: Has Anyone Gotten Paid Yet?

Posted on December 6, 2010 I Written By

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Today I got a good question from Gene about whether anyone has gotten a check for the adoption of EMR yet. You can see the full question and my answer below. Also, be sure to check out the other EMR Stimulus Question and Answers I’ve done.

Has any doctor actually received any money from the government regarding the use/adoption of an EMR? OR does this not come until 2013

Short Answer: No

Longer answer: Medicaid is getting close to cutting the first checks. Medicare takes 90 days of meaningful use, so the first checks won’t be cut until after the first quarter of 2011. So, we won’t have to wait until 2013, but the EMR stimulus has taken a while to be put in place.

I guess this wasn’t one of the “shovel ready” ARRA projects that we heard all about.