Medicaid eligible professionals are registering to participate in the Meaningful Use program at a higher level than was initially anticipated by the federal government. However, Medicare EPs have higher MU attestation rates than Medicaid registrants, according to new data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

ONC’s Dawn Heisey-Grove told an April 7meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee that more EPs have registered with the Medicaid program than was originally estimated. Presenting data from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs through February 2015, Heisey-Grove said the estimate from the Stage 2 Meaningful Use rule published in 2012 projected 145,000 Medicaid EPs, but the actual number is 176,000 Medicaid EP registrants—and registration rates have not yet plateaued. 

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