Frequently Asked Questions


[EHR Incentive Programs] After successfully demonstrating meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, will incentive payments be paid as a lump sum or in multiple installments?

Eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will receive a single lump sum payment for each year they successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology no later than the end of the calendar year following the year in which the EP was eligible for the bonus payment. Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will first receive an initial payment. The final payment will be determined at the time of settling the hospital cost report. Payments to Medicare providers will be made to the taxpayer identification number (TIN) selected at the time of registration, through the same channels their claims payments are made. However, for EPs practicing in a health professional shortage area (HPSA), the additional incentive payment will be paid separately to the same TIN as the incentive payment.

Medicaid incentives will be paid by the States. EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program should check with their State.

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