The electronic health records meaningful use incentive program started in late April 2011 and by the end of May 2012, more than 110,000 eligible professionals and 2,400 hospitals had received Medicare and/or Medicaid incentive payments, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

That’s about 20 percent of eligible professionals and 48 percent of eligible hospitals, with payments totaling $5.7 billion. Medicare accounted for more than $3 billion with Medicaid paying the rest.

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