According to the most recent data released at CMS.gov, the Medicare incentive payments to physicians for the EHR Incentive programs have at least partially reversed the alarming drop posted in May. In June there were 3,652 Eligible Providers who received incentive payments. This is up significantly from the paltry 901 that were issued payments in May.
Prior to May the average number of Medicare Payments issued to Eligible Providers in 2012 had been 10,306 so the decline in May was alarming. While June’s numbers are an improvement they are still well below the monthly average for the year.
According to data cited by the Government Accounting Office last week less than 10% of Eligible Providers (EPs) had received Medicare EHR incentive payments through the end of 2011, so it appears the majority of EPs have yet to receive any form of incentive payments. According to the June EHR Incentive Program report there are over 110,000 providers that have registered and not yet received payments.
Total payments issued through the Medicare portion of the incentive program are now just over $3 Billion Dollars. Total payments issued through the Medicaid portion of the incentive program are just under $3 Billion with the combined total now at $6.174 Billion dollars.