Incentive Program Differences
For eligible providers, there is a difference between the Medicare EHR Incentive and the Medicaid EHR Incentive programs.
The Medicare EHR Incentive Program, administered by CMS, will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, administered at the state level, will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology in their first year of participation and demonstrate meaningful use for up to five remaining participation years.
Below is a quick comparison between the two programs to assist eligible providers.
Medicaid vs. Medicare Comparison Chart
||Up to $63,750
||Up to $44,000
|First Year's Payment
||$18,000 (for 2011 or 2012)
||Steps down from $12,000 to $2,000
|Patient Volume Reqs
||Significant Medicaid Patient Volume
||Proportional to Part B
|Adopt / Implement / Upgrade
||Year 1 Only
|Eligible Provider Types
||Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Dentist,
Physician Assistant* (under special circumstances)
||Doctor of medicine or osteopathy, Doctor of oral surgery or dental medicine, Doctor of podiatric medicine, Doctor of Optometry, Chiropractor