Word of the Day: Pay-for-Performance

Pay-for-Performance: The use of incentives to encourage and reinforce the delivery of evidence-based practices in the health care system transformation that promote better outcomes as efficiently as possible.

CMS Issues New and Updated HIPAA and HITECH Act FAQs: EHR Incentive Payment Start Dates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) periodically issues new and updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  HIPAA.com will periodically reproduce new and updated Questions and Answers pertaining to HIPAA Administrative Simplification standards and implementation specifications and to HITECH Act provisions that will be of interest to its readers.  This FAQ [ID#9807] was created on June 22, 2009, and updated by CMS on August 18, 2009. Question:  When will CMS begin to pay incentives to eligible professionals and hospitals for using certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? Answer:  By statute [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009], the earliest dates that CMS will be able to pay an incentive under Medicare…

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Medicare Incentives for Physicians

Amounts shown are per physician. To participate in the incentives, you must be a meaningful user. Incentive Year Adopted 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015+ 2011 $18,000 — — — — 2012 $12,000 $18,000 — — — 2013 $8,000 $12,000 $15,000 — — 2014 $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 $12,000 __ 2015 $2,000 $4,000 $8,000 $8,000 0 2016 0 $2,000 $4,000 $4,000 0 2017 0 0 0 0 0 Total $44,000 $44,000 $39,000 $24,000 0 Health Shortage Area + 10%$48,400 + 10%$48,400 +10%$42,900 +10%$26,400 As defined by the HITECH Act, a physician meaningful user is one using software that supports computerized provider order entry, uses ePrescribing, submits information to HHS on clinical quality…

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