As of March, the CMS has paid more than $30 billion in EHR incentive payments for Meaningful Use. There are 535,567 participants in the incentive program, including 353, 350 EPs (eligible professionals) in the Medicare program, 177, 406 EPs in the Medicaid program, and 4,811 eligible hospitals. Of these participants, about 429,000 EPs and 4,800 eligible hospitals are receiving incentive payments. The $30 billion in incentive payments reflects the following:
- $20.2 billion paid through Medicare
- $9.4 billion paid through Medicaid
- $400 million paid to Medicare Advantage
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