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.

Forty-four state Medicaid programs are now participating in meaningful use. All were expected to start during 2011 but that schedule soon proved to be unfeasible; the remaining six are expected to start during 2012.

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More than 133,000 primary care providers and 10,000 specialists have sought EHR adoption assistance from federally funded regional extension centers, with 70 percent of rural small practice providers and 74 percent of critical access hospitals working with RECs, according to CMS.

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