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EHR Incentives & Certification

EHR Incentive Payment Timeline

Go Paperless and Get Paid

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) authorizes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to award incentive payments to eligible professionals who demonstrate Meaningful Use of a certified electronic health record (EHR).

It pays to get started early! Providers must participate early — in 2011 or 2012 — in order to receive the maximum incentive.

These incentive programs will not always be available, and financial penalties are scheduled to take effect in 2015 for Medicare and Medicaid providers who do not transition to EHRs.

The table below provides an overview of the EHR incentive payment timeline for eligible health care professionals.

Medicare EHR Incentive Payment Schedule for Eligible Professionals

Payment AmountsIf a Medicare Eligible Professional Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2011If a Medicare Eligible Professional Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2012If a Medicare Eligible Professional Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2013If a Medicare Eligible Professional Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2014If a Medicare Eligible Professional Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2015
Payment $18,000        
Amount for 2011 Will Be          
Payment Amount for 2012 Will Be $12,000 $18,000      
Payment Amount for 2013 Will Be $8,000 $12,000 $15,000    
Payment Amount for 2014 Will Be $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 $12,000  
Payment Amount for 2015 Will Be $2,000 $4,000 $8,000 $8,000  
Payment Amount for 2016 Will Be   $2,000 $4,000 $4,000  
Total Payment Amount Will Be $44,000 $44,000 $39,000 $24,000  

Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Schedule for Eligible Professionals

 Medicaid EP Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2011Medicaid EP Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2012Medicaid EP Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2013Medicaid EP Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2014Medicaid EP Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2015Medicaid EP Qualifies to Receive First Payment in 2016
Payment Amount in 2011 $21,250.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Payment Amount in 2012 $8,500.00 $21,250.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Payment Amount in 2013 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $21,250.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Payment Amount in 2014 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $21,250.00 $0.00 $0.00
Payment Amount in 2015 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $21,250.00 $0.00
Payment Amount in 2016 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $21,250.00
Payment Amount in 2017 $0.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00
Payment Amount in 2018 $0.00 $0.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00
Payment Amount in 2019 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00
Payment Amount in 2020 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,500.00 $8,500.00
Payment Amount in 2021 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,500.00
TOTAL Incentive Payments $63,750.00 $63,750.00 $63,750.00 $63,750.00 $63,750.00 $63,750.00

Registration for these programs is now open for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, and in certain states for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Last updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014