The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported that more than 114,000 hospitals registered for its electronic health record incentive program through the end of September, up from the 90,000 program registrants at the end of August.
In September alone, 16,877 doctors and 23 hospitals registered for the Medicare program, according to GovHealthIT.com.
CMS has paid more than $850 million in total EHR incentives since registration The federal health insurance provider paid out $198 million in September, down 25 percent from August’s $264 million.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was part of 2009’s Stimulus bill, stipulated that healthcare providers can receive up to $44,000 through Medicare or as much as $63,750 through Medicaid if they implement and prove so-called "meaningful use" of an EHR system.
Under both Medicare and Medicaid, hospitals are eligible for millions of dollars if they complete the EHR programs’ requirements.