Nov-Dec 2010 Table of Contents

LETTERS

Fam Pract Manag. 2010 Nov-Dec;17(6):8.

Correction



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Two articles published recently, “‘Will the Feds Really Buy Me an EHR?’ and Other Commonly Asked Questions About the HITECH Act” [July/August 2009] and “A Physician's Guide to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: The Basics” [September/October 2010] included tables that provided incomplete information about the incentives offered in the Medicare incentive program. The correct relationships between start year and maximum incentive are shown below.

In addition, the latter article incorrectly described the circumstances in which participants would be required to have only 90 consecutive days of meaningful use during the first year. In fact, participants in either the Medicare or the Medicaid incentive program can qualify for the incentive in their first year of meaningful use with only 90 days of meaningful use beginning as late as Oct. 1. As the article said, participants in the Medicaid program would not be required to demonstrate even that 90 days of meaningful use until their second incentive year.

Medicare incentive maximum per year:

Year meaningful use is first demonstrated 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total maximum incentive

2011

$18,000

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$2,000

$44,000

2012

$18,000

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$2,000

$44,000

2013

$15,000

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$39,000

2014

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$24,000

2015 or beyond

$0

$0

$0

Medicare incentive maximum per year:

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Medicare incentive maximum per year:

Year meaningful use is first demonstrated 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total maximum incentive

2011

$18,000

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$2,000

$44,000

2012

$18,000

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$2,000

$44,000

2013

$15,000

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$39,000

2014

$12,000

$8,000

$4,000

$24,000

2015 or beyond

$0

$0

$0

Medicaid incentive maximum per year:

Year 1 (no later than 2016) Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Total maximum incentive

$21,250

$8,500

$8,500

$8,500

$8,500

$8,500

$63,750

Medicaid incentive maximum per year:

View Table

Medicaid incentive maximum per year:

Year 1 (no later than 2016) Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Total maximum incentive

$21,250

$8,500

$8,500

$8,500

$8,500

$8,500

$63,750

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