It’s always interesting to see the final tallies for our monthly Quick Polls, because they so often provide a confirmation in aggregate of what we’re hearing from our individual sources. In the August poll we asked readers “Do you believe that Medicare and Medicaid programs will pay EHR meaningful use incentives as promised?”

 Lo and behold, 54 percent of poll respondents said neither program will pay as promised. Unfortunately, our Quick Polls right now don’t provide a mechanism for immediate audience feedback (though you can always e-mail me at greg.gillespie@sourcemedia.com) so it’s unsure if those respondents believe the programs won’t make incentive payments at all, or if they think those payments will be delayed, reduced, etc. Twenty-six percent of respondents believe both programs will pay as promised; 20% believe Medicare will pay as promised, but Medicaid won’t.

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