Eligible hospitals that are not meaningful Electronic Health Record (EHR) users will be subject to a payment adjustment beginning on October 1, 2017.
Overview of the Program
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress established payment adjustments under Medicare for eligible hospitals that are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology. Eligible hospitals that do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use for an EHR reporting period associated with a payment adjustment year will receive reduced Medicare payments for that year. The payment adjustments began on October 1, 2014 for eligible hospitals. Eligible hospitals that only participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and do not bill Medicare are not subject to these payment adjustments. Eligible hospitals that participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will be subject to the payment adjustments unless they have successfully demonstrated meaningful use under one of these programs. Over 4,800 eligible hospitals may participate in the EHR Incentive Programs.
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