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Profiles in Progress: Medicare Incentive Payments In the latest Medicare Incentive Program update1, CMS reports that podiatrists have received more than $44 million in CMS incentive payments for meaningful use. Only family practice, internal medicine, and cardiovascular specialists have received more incentives. APMA has been active in educating members about meaningful use and how to take advantage of incentives and also played a critical role in ensuring that podiatrists would be eligible to receive the incentive payments. APMA also has been tireless in advocating for its members as CMS has released its proposed rule for Stage 2 electronic health records and meaningful use. APMA, for example, worked closely with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) who recently submitted comments to CMS sharing her concerns that “the Stage 2 goals may be too ambitious for some small or solo practice physicians to meet. I continue to be concerned about physicians in solo or small practices who do not have, and who simply cannot afford, health IT.” APMA member Denise Lea Elliott, DPM, testified on the issue before the US congressional subcommittee on Health Care and Technology last year, sharing her personal experience and concerns moving toward Stage 2. Congresswoman Ellmers is chair of that subcommittee. Watch for more updates on meaningful use incentives in your APMA publications, and read IT Consultant in this issue, page 31. Medicare Incentive Payments Medicare Incentive Payments Program-to-Date Providers Paid 8,614 8,418 3,214 2,450 1,907 1,721 1,501 1,267 1,190 1,085 1,027 953 902 771 747 594 5,628 Medical Specialty Group FAMILY PRACTICE INTERNAL MEDICINE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (CARDIOLOGY) PODIATRIC MEDICINE GASTROENTEROLOGY ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY GENERAL SURGERY UROLOGY NEUROLOGY OTOLARYNGOLOGY PULMONARY DISEASE NEPHROLOGY OPHTHALMOLOGY OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY DERMATOLOGY ENDOCRINOLOGY OTHER Program-to-Date Payment Amount $155,052,000 $151,524,000 $57,852,000 $44,100,000 $34,326,000 $30,978,000 $27,018,000 $22,806,000 $21,420,000 $19,530,000 $18,486,000 $17,154,000 $16,236,000 $13,878,000 $13,446,000 $10,692,000 $101,304,000 TOTAL NOTES: 41,989 $755,802,000 to be included in this report • Providers must successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use, and meet the allowable-charges threshold as well as all program requirements to be included in this report 566 hospitals have received payments under both Medicare and those, 51were CAHs). • 566 hospitals have received payments under both Medicare and Medicaid (of Medicaid (of those, 51were CAHs). Medicare EHR Incentive payments began in May 2011. • Medicare EHR Incentive payments began in May 2011. • • • Providers must successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use, and meet the allowable-charges threshold as well as all program requirements 1 “March 2012 EHR Incentive Program,” CMS, accessed May 15, 2012, www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/downloads// Monthly_Payment_Registration_Report_Updated.pdf. 20 APMA News June 2012 http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/downloads//Monthly_Payment_Registration_Report_Updated.pdf http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/downloads//Monthly_Payment_Registration_Report_Updated.pdf

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of APMA News - June 2012

APMA News - June 2012
President’s Message
Contents
APMA Introduces REdRC
Legislative Scrapbook
APMA By the Decade
Profiles in Progress
2011 Podiatric Practice Survey
Reimbursement
Federal Advocacy Forum
List of Cosponsors to the Equity and Access for Podiatric Physicians Under Medicaid Act
APMAPAC Chair Report
IT Consultant
Website Wisdom
Technofile
Small Business 101
CPME Update
Pediatric Medical Assistans' Education Program
Annual Scientific Meeting Preliminary Program
Annual Scientific Meeting Sponsors
Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Form
APMA All Stars
In Short
Worthy of Note
Affiliates Corner
List of Affiliated Organizations
Insurance Advisor
New Members
Death Notices
APMAPAC Update
Development Update
Call for Third-party Comments
Classified Advertising
Dates to Remember
Advertising Index
Your APMA

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