257,000 EPs to receive EHR penalties

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According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, starting in January, nearly 257,000 eligible professionals will receive penalties for failure to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in a prior year. The penalties will be assessed on the EPs’ Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments. CMS is sending out penalty notices to affected EPs containing information on how to file for a reconsideration. The instructions are also available on the CMS website. “These wide-spread physician penalties reflect the many challenges providers face with the meaningful use program,” said Chantal Worzala, AHA director of policy for health information technology. “Hospitals cannot be successful without their physician partners. It is time for CMS to address providers’ concerns about the program.”

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