The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is trying to downplay concerns about the financial penalties that providers will incur this year in the form of Medicare payment reductions for failure to become meaningful users of electronic health records.

Speaking at a Jan. 13 Health IT Policy Committee, Elisabeth Myers from the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services told committee members that about a little more than 200 eligible hospitals and approximately 240,000 eligible professionals will be receiving a payment adjustment in 2015.

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