Physician EMR/EHR Incentives

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The Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals (EP) that are meaningful users of certified EHRs. EPs who meet the eligibility requirements for both the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs may participate in only one program and must designate the program in which they would like to participate. CMS proposes that, after the initial designation, EPs be allowed to change their program selection only once during payment years 2012 through 2014.


A Medicare EP is a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, a doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine, a doctor of podiatric medicine, a doctor of optometry, or a chiropractor, who is legally authorized to practice under state law. A qualifying EP is one who demonstrates meaningful use for the HER reporting period.

Maximum Total Amount of EHR Incentive Payments for a Medicare EP is outlined in the table below:

Physician Incentive Table 1

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EPs are physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants practicing predominantly in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Clinic (FQHC/RHC) that is directed by a physician assistant.

Payment Scenarios for Medicaid EPs Who Begin Adoption in the First Year

Physician Incentive Table 2

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To learn more about Meaningful Use and Incentive Programs go to the Official Web Site for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs