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Meaningful Use Incentives
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Through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing incentive payments to eligible health care professionals and hospitals who adopt certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and achieve Meaningful Use.

It pays to get started early!

  • Up to $44,000 for eligible professionals (EPs) in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program
  • Up to $63,750 for EPs in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program 

Requirements for Meaningful Use Incentives
To qualify for incentive payments, Meaningful Use requirements must be met in one of the following ways:

  • Medicare EHR Incentive Program—EPs and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) must successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use of certified EHRs every year they participate in the program.
  • Medicaid EHR Incentive Program—EPs and EHs may qualify for incentive payments if they adopt, implement or upgrade certified EHRs in their first participation year. For subsequent participation years, they must successfully demonstrate Meaningful Use.

Program Differences
For a quick glance at the differences between the two programs, view Notable Differences Between the CMS Incentive Programs prepared by CMS. 

Eligibility
To determine eligibility for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, take this Eligibility Flow Chart created by CMS (tool is listed under "Payment and Eligibility for Professionals") or view the chart below for specific credentials.

Provider Type/License

Eligible for
AHCCCS Incentives1

Eligible for Medicare Incentives

Medical Doctor (MD)

YES1,3

YES3

Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
YES1,3
YES3

Psychiatrists (MD)

YES1,3

YES3

Dentist (DDS/DMD)

YES

YES3

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

YES1,3

NO

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

YES1,3

NO

Chiropractor (DC)

NO

YES3

Physician Assistant (PA)

YES5

NO

Psychologists

NO

NO

Optometrists (OD)

YES

YES3

Podiatrists (DPM)

NO

YES3

Resident

YES1,3

YES3


Medicare Incentive Information
For the Medicare Incentive Program, registration, attestation and payment is managed at the federal level. Up to $44,000 per provider is available under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Medicaid Incentive Information
For the Medicaid Incentive Program, the states are responsible for attestation and payment. Up to $63,750 per provider is available under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

CMS' Frequently Asked Questions
CMS maintains up-to-date FAQs on its website, which provides details on many commonly asked questions.

CMS Program Timeline and Key Milestones
Learn how the program will develop over time—view CMS' at-a-glance overview of the program timeline and key milestones.

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Arizone Health-e Connection acknowledges the Office of the NAtional Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services for its support of this program, which is funded under award number 90RC0035/01.